New Castries Mayor, Geraldine Lendor-Gabriel has been told by her predecessor, Peterson Francis, that her job won’t be a bed of roses.
““I just want to warn the incoming Mayor that it’s not a bed of roses. In the beginning, everybody will be around. When it’s time for action, these people start moving around,” Francis said at a news conference Tuesday at which Lendor-Gabriel, Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister with Responsibility for Housing and Local Government, Richard Frederick and other officials were present.
The outgoing Mayor said his five years in office had been challenging, but he thanked locally based embassies and members of the public for their ‘tremendous support.’
“I am very happy today (with) the visibility I have given the City Council and I am saying to the incoming Mayor ‘You have to keep up to that challenge,’” he stated.
Lendor-Gabriel for her part promised to move forward recognising that the Castries City Council is very well situated to bring about great transformation in this country and most importantly, within the boundaries of Castries.
She explained that this will be done within a global framework of the seventeen development goals of the United Nations, which speak of a decent life on the planet for all by the year 2030.
And while acknowledging the need for resources, Lendor-Gabriel observed that those resources are not only available locally, but outside Saint Lucia’s borders as well.
“We need to engage with those agencies who are in charge of ensuring that resources come into our small Island to help us combat critical issues such as climate change and sustainable cities and so forth,” the new Mayor told reporters.
Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister with Responsibility for Housing and Local Government, Richard Frederick, thanked the outgoing Mayor, saying that Peterson Francis had tried his best in difficult times.
And he praised the incoming Mayor, whom he observed was a former CEO of the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority.
Frederick said Lendor-Gabriel is an outstanding citizen by any measure who has made a contribution to Saint Lucia in various capacities.
“Her passion for governance and the central role it plays in the success of any organisation, especially in harnessing the capacity of people to transform them and continually improve them, left me with no choice, no contemplated competitor, but to seek her indulgence and assistance, being so well-rounded, so well-suited, if I may tell you – a guru as a worker, and I felt she was the best to assist me in making the City what I would like to see it become,” the Minister told reporters.