Saint Lucia’s National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has made it clear that no jobs will be lost in the creation of the proposed Border Control Agency.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said that the new agency will see a merger of the Customs, Immigration, Marine Police and Quarantine Departments.
Hermangild Francis told reporters last week that he was most surprised to hear of a ‘rumour’ that Customs Officers were not aware of what is going to be happening.
He said he had spoken to the issue some two years ago.
The minister disclosed that Customs Officers who have spoken to him have welcomed the proposed new body.
“I really don’t understand why this panic at this time,” Francis said, adding that the government would never privatise this country’s security.
He explained that border control has been implemented worldwide.
According to Francis, regular meetings have been held with Customs Officers.
“Nobody is going to be losing their jobs,” he asserted.
“A lot of things are happening in Saint Lucia and if you notice, we are jumping from one issue to the other issue,” Francis observed when asked to comment on the possible reason for the anxiety over the proposed new border control agency.
“Every day it is a different issue – somebody dies at the hospital and we want to make political mileage out of that.”