by Herma Demacque
The Saint Lucia National Youth Council (SLNYC) has extended commendations to Prime Minister, Hon. Philip J. Pierre upon the swearing-in of the new cabinet of ministers.
The Youth Organization acknowledged the achievements of the young candidates who emerged successful at the polls. The NYC said this signifies a milestone that will encourage other young people to vie for public office.
The SLNYC also congratulated Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilarie, who was the first President of the SLNYC Students Branch, on his appointment as the Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information and his second term as the Parliamentary Representative for Castries South.
Hon. Jeremiah Norbert was highlighted for his bravery, tenacity, and historical achievement. The NYC said his success at the polls provides a stark reminder of the power of Saint Lucian youth as key stakeholders in the development of our country.
The SLNYC commended the Government on covering school facility fees for the 2021/2022 Academic Year. The organization said it hopes to see an increase in scholarships for underprivileged tertiary students in traditional and emerging sectors.
The emphasis on Vocational Training within the Ministry of Education was also commended. SLNYC hopes this new focus will provide disadvantaged youth with an alternative educational pathway to better livelihoods. The umbrella organization said it is hopeful that a Youth Economy will strengthen the local economy and increase employment opportunities for talented young Saint Lucians.
The Saint Lucia National Youth Council looks forward to its first engagement with the Prime Minister. The council intends to hold introductory meetings with the Minister for Youth Development and Sports, Hon. Kenson Casimir, and Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Youth Economy, Hon. Wayne Girard on the way forward. The NYC said it stands committed to uplifting the lives of Saint Lucia’s youth and remains available to assist the Government in the successful governance of the country during its tenure.
Headline photo: Castries East MP, Philip J. Pierre, takes the oath of office as Prime Minister