(Nassau, Bahamas) Junior Councilors from 15 Local Government districts were congratulated for their participation in the Ministry of Transport and Local Government’s Junior Councilor Programme. During a closing out ceremony for its most recent graduates at SuperClubs Breezes on Thursday, June 28th, 2018, Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell commended the students for their hard work and commitment.
“People always say that you are the future, I want to tell you that the future is now,” said Minister Campbell. “You don’t have the luxury of participating tomorrow. The Bahamas needs your participation now.”
The Local Government Junior Councilor Programme is designed to be a feeder system to prepare persons to participate in Local Government. Mr. Campbell said that several past graduates of the programme are currently serving in their respective communities as Councilors.
He encouraged the Junior Councilors to think positively and to heed the call to serve their communities and country.
“Be like Samuel in the Bible and say, ‘Here I am,’ he said. “Lend a deaf ear to negativity and all the pessimism and all those who wish to lead you down the wrong path. You’ve had the benefit of participating in real life experience via this programme. What you do with it is up to you, but remember that The Bahamas needs you.”
Director of Local Government, Mr. Cephas Cooper also delivered remarks and encouraged the Junior Councilors to step forward to serve their communities. “Even though there may be those who say this is a lost generation, I beg to differ as you represent all that is positive in our society,” he said. “Thousands of young people make positive contributions to this country.”
By Betty Vedrine