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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.”

 

9 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Minister it is my understanding that every officer selected to serve the said agency will be polygraphed. Could you tell the nation what you plan to do with the Custom Officers who fail the polygraph.

  2. Mr. Minister, what about the much too frequent slaughter on the streets? Why don’t you comment on what you and your ministry are doing to reverse this frightening trend? Do the country a favor. Resign!!!!!!

  3. Can we ever believe Chastanet? The man tells a container of lies. It’s up to you to believe him but I will never. Hermangild don’t corroborate chastanet’s lies cause you will be just like him.

  4. Even if no jobs are lost why does it have to be a statutory corporation?!
    Many say that our Border Control Agency is based on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If you do some research you will find out that this is a governmental agency, not some private or quasi-private institution.
    Run Saint Lucia as a business??
    That’s madness if you ask me… If ministers can ask to talk personally to officers to tell them to do their jobs, what would happen then???

  5. Even if no jobs are lost why does it have to be a statutory corporation?!
    Many say that our Border Control Agency is based on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If you do some research you will find out that this is a governmental agency, not some private or quasi-private institution.
    Run Saint Lucia as a business??
    That’s madness if you ask me… If ministers can ask to talk personally to officers to tell them to do their jobs, what would happen then???

  6. When will the government meet with the officers that are going to be affected .( customs marine unit immigration)…are u all waiting last minute to put it down our throats….

  7. Listen all you politicians, please speak when you are properly informed and actually have something substantive to say to the public. Mr. Minister, I am certain you have not seen that Project Implementation Plan as yet for you to make this statement. And which Customs Officers did you speak to? Definitely not the management of Customs – which is why this mess resulted in the first place. You had a consultant representing the Customs Department – utter disrespect to the Department. The Customs Department should have been adequately represented with one of the MANAGERS from Customs being in on the consultations in the first place, so that information could be disseminated properly throughout the Department. This would have kept the process open and transparent with all concerns being taken into account and addressed. But no, you all just want to pass legislation without people knowing what is going on. Time for that nonsense to stop. Start practicing OPEN GOVERNANCE, and you all tongues will not have to stick in the roofs of your mouths each time. It really is embarrassing!

  8. Hermangild, has to agree with his boss because he is an outsider that was selected and not elected, so i don’t blame him! I thought better of him though!

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