Minister of the Public Service Expresses Confidence in the Sector

Minister of Labour and National Insurance and of the Public Service the Hon. D. Shane Gibson said he is confident the future of the sector is in excellent hands.

His remarks came during the Ministry of Public Service 17th Annual National Public Service Week Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Mt. Tabor Church on Willow Tree Avenue in Pinewood Gardens.

The service kicked off a week of celebrating the work of an estimated 400 retirees and 17 Public Officers who have been nominated for the coveted title, ‘Public Officer of the Year’.

The Most Reverend Neil C. Ellis, Senior Pastor, Mount Tabor Church and Presiding Bishop – Global United Fellowship, gave the sermon.

Among those in attendance were: Cabinet Ministers, Chairman and Members of the Public Service Commission, Permanent Secretaries and other Senior Public Officers, Members of Mount Tabor, Union Presidents, Retirees and Outstanding Public Officer of the Year Nominees.

The special week is held under the theme: ‘The Public Service: In Pursuit of Productivity and Accountability’.

Mr. Gibson underscored the importance of celebrating those public servants who have displayed the virtues of faith, self-control and mutual affection undergirded by love.

“These men and women are our almost four hundred Retirees and 17 Public Service Officer of the Year Nominees. Their working lives have been committed to the attainment of knowledge required for work in the Public Service, and to the sharing of this knowledge in a spirit of excellence with those who came behind. And I am confident that our future is in excellent hands.”

To those of who make up rest of the Public Service, Mr. Gibson said there couldn’t be progress without the work of their contribution in the form of ideas, hard work and dedication to advancement.

“Your full participation in the future of The Bahamas is essential, and I encourage you to give full consideration to what your role will be.”

The retirees are credited for giving dedicated service to country from 25 to 49 years and serving in posts from custodial staff to the level of permanent secretary.

“They have kept us educated and healthy, registered our births and the deaths of family members, kept our environment clean, green and pristine, guarded our homes and the borders of our country, managed the country’s finances and looked after the needy and indigent in our community,” Mr. Gibson said.


Some of them not only served in New Providence and Grand Bahama, but throughout the Family Islands.


“Every single job was vital to a healthy and growing Bahamas and some were at great personal sacrifice. We owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women,” Mr. Gibson said.


He noted however, that retirement is sometimes a frightening place, but also reminded them that this provides an opportunity to explore their other God given talents for service in other arenas.


“Thank you, retirees for your footprints in the sands of time,” he said.


To the Public Service Officer of the Year Nominees, he also thanked them for the legacy they are creating.


The minister then quoted the Gospel according to Luke Chapter 12 verse 48: “But the one who did not know and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”


Mr. Gibson also recalled aspects of the Prime Minister’s speech at the recent 45th Convention of the Progressive Liberal Party, at which he spoke of individuals reaching their potential and outlined the Government’s plans for development in the years ahead.


Minister Gibson said: “It is persons, such as yourselves, who must lead the Government’s agenda for development. You have been selected as 17 of the best and most outstanding employees in the Public Service for the 2016/2017 year, and I am confident that our future is in excellent hands,” he said.


Other activities for the week are:

  • Monday, February 6 – Public Relations events on various Talk Shows
  • Tuesday, February 7 – 11:00am Courtesy Call on the Governor General by Public Officer of the Year Nominees
  • Thursday, February 9 – 6:00pm. Retirees’ Recognition Ceremony and Presentation of Awards of Excellence at Government House
  • Friday, February 10 – 10:00am – Float Parade and T-Shirt Day

Sunday, February 12 – 3:00pm – Awards Ceremony and Announcement of the 2016/2017 National Public Officer of the Year at Atlantis, Paradise Island.

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