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PM to students: ‘We must ensure that you excel and become the best in the world’
By Andrew Coakley
Mar 16, 2018 - 8:05:54 PM

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PM AT SEMINAR – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis addressing participants at the technology seminar held at Grand Lucayan on Friday, March 16, 2018. BIS Photo/Andrew Miller

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis encouraged Grand Bahama students to take advantage of the Careers’ Fair and the information gained from invited technology experts during the one-day technology seminar at the Grand Lucayan.

Addressing a room full of students from various schools in Grand Bahama on Friday, March 16, 2018 the Prime Minister reminded the students that they are the future.

“Technology, as you know, is the future of the world,” said Prime Minister Minnis. “We are attempting aggressively to make Grand Bahama the Technology Hub of The Bahamas and therefore it is essential for you to absorb and understand as much as possible the tech language and equipment you will be exposed to today.

“Because you are the future of The Bahamas. And be assured that your government will assist you in your career path, so that you can become successful. After all, you are the future of The Bahamas and we must secure and garner our future.

MINISTER’S PROUD MOMENT – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson shows Prime Minister Hubert Minnis some of the items produced by entrepreneurs of the newly-launched apiary programme in Grand Bahama. Also looking on is Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Michael Pintard. BIS Photo/Andrew Miller

“We must protect you, ensure that you excel and become the best in the world.”

The Prime Minister told the students that every time he purchases a new computer or laptop, he would have to purchase one for his grandson: “Because I know that whenever I encounter difficulties in terms of technology, he can rescue me,” the Prime Minister said jokingly. “He loves that because, now, every year he comes to me and asks me if I’m sure I don’t need to upgrade my computer.”

The Prime Minister encouraged the students to continue to strive for excellence not only in their studies, but in their collection of knowledge, particularly at seminars such as the one held at Grand Lucayan resort.  “You must succeed, because as I look out at this audience today, I can potentially be looking at the Bahamian version of the next Bill Gates,” Prime Minister Minnis told the students.

THAT’S NICE – During his tour of the booths of businesses and companies represented at the fifth annual High School Technical and Industrial Careers fair at the Grand Lucayan, Dr. Minnis gets a quick explanation of aquaponics. BIS Photo/Andrew Miller

The seminar was the launch pad for the students attending the final day of the Grand Bahama High School Technical and Industrial Careers Fair, which was held March 15-16, 2018.  The event attracted some 2,000 students from 20 schools (private and public) in Grand Bahama.

Booths represented a cross section of careers available and gave the students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to speak directly with representatives from each business or company, whether from Grand Bahama Power, Grand Bahama Shipyard, Freeport Container Port, Grand Lucayan, Cable Bahamas, Aliv, BTC, the Bahamas Police, Defence Force, Bahamas National Trust or from the newly-created Apiary enterprise on Grand Bahama.

CHIEF AND POLICE – Prime Minister Hubert Minnis speaks with police officers at the police booth, during a tour of participating companies, businesses and organizations represented at the GB High School Technical and Industrial Careers Fair. BIS Photo/Andrew Miller

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