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Campbell assures employees that their contributions as frontline workers have not gone unnoticed
By Matt Maura
Feb 22, 2021 - 7:50:29 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, assured ministry employees in the northern Bahamas, and indeed across the entire country, that their contributions in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and the COVID-19 Pandemic, beginning in 2020 and continuing into this year, have not gone unnoticed.

Addressing a Northern Bahamas Staff Development Seminar for employees in Grand Bahama, Abaco and Bimini, Minister Campbell said because of the effort, commitment and dedication of employees across the country: “Many, many, many hundreds, even thousands, on a daily basis have been able to say, and continue to be able to say: ‘Thank you God for this meal; thank you God for this voucher; thank you God for this Rental Assistance; thank you God that someone from Urban stopped by and dropped off a much-needed package; thank you God for all of the other assistance offered and services rendered.’

“I am aware of how you have continued to rise to the occasion, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Minister Campbell told his audience during a virtual address.

“I am grateful to you… through your work, through your commitment, through your dedication, many, many, many hundreds, even thousands, have also been able to say: ‘Thank you God that someone from Urban stopped by to check on a Senior Citizen or decided to cook lunch for the school-aged children; thank you God that the doors of the Department of Social Services continue to be open to address customers’ needs and/or concerns even in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“And yes, there have been complaints. The truth of the matter is that even in the best of times there will be some complaint or the other. The most important thing though, is for each of us, as individuals and as a collective body, to take time and satisfy ourselves that we are doing the best that we can to reduce and eliminate as many of whatever complaints there are as we possibly can,” Minister Campbell added.

Minister Campbell told his virtual audience that the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development is viewed by the general public predominantly for the role it plays in providing social assistance in the form of Food, Rental, Uniform and Burial and other assistance.

The Social Services Minister said while that viewpoint is correct, the Ministry and its Departments, Divisions and Units do so much more than that (because) in addition to providing assistance, they are also mandated to participate in the social development of the country and its people. That is a role, he said, that cannot be overlooked: “Because if we continue to give just assistance, and we do not assist with the social development of our people to the point where they can become more empowered, we will just be a part of a vicious cycle where generation after generation will continue to be in need of assistance.

“And so the social development part of our Ministry is of the utmost importance. It is paramount that as we assist, we think of the saying, ‘We don’t just want to give someone a fish, but we also want to teach them how to fish,’” Minister Campbell added.

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