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Permanent Secretary, Chairman and Members of The National Insurance Board, Director of National Insurance Board and the Executive Management team of the Ministry of the Public Service and the National Insurance Board, ladies and gentleman of the media and my fellow Bahamians, Good afternoon.
Our Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis requested that Ministers provide the Country with an update on matters pertaining to their respective Ministries. Today, the Ministry of the Public Service and the National Insurance Board will reporton our performance and actions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the public service makes up the single largest employee base in the country. With over 20,000 public officers, [GRAPHIC 1] these officers are the conduit through which the Government delivers its services to all of its international stakeholders and to the Bahamian public at large.
Let me begin by acknowledging how vital of a role they play in allowing this country to function throughout this pandemic and during the normal days of the year.
The public service is the heartbeat [ GRAPHIC 2] of this proud nation, and we owe them all a huge debt of gratitude for their silent sacrifices and tireless work.
HEROES IN THIS CRISIS
As the Minister responsible for the Public Service, [Graphic 3] I offer my thanks and eternal gratitude to the brave men and women of the Public Service, who continue to work on the frontlines of this pandemic and assist with safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the people of our Nation.
They voluntarily risked their lives and left their families, from the onset, to take care of our sick, elderly, orphaned and mentally ill. The uniformed branches protected us, the healthcare workers treated us, and other public officers played their roles to ensure that other essential operations are carried on smoothly especially since March. These officers answered to the call of service to God and country and because of their humble sacrifices, these Public Officers are the heroes in this crisis. I convey our sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the health care workers and professionals, finance personnel, Law Enforcement Officers, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Social Workers, National Insurance employees, Educators, sanitation workers Environmental Health staff and all employees on the front-line. Even now, I thank all public officers and civil servants for playing their part in allowing the country to transition into a gradual re- opening of the economy. It is a direct result of your hard work and dedication that we have made it this far. Consequently, I urge you to continue for your work is not yet done
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