ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, on Thursday announced the “realignment of ministerial responsibilities” in the ministry of education, sports, youth and gender affairs and the Office of the Prime Minister.
The move is said to be strategically designed to reinforce the overall effectiveness of the two ministries and to continue in his administration’s determination and commitment to the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda to enhance, to a substantial degree, the overall quality of customer service delivery to the citizenry.
Senator Mervyn Richards will assume the position of minister of state with responsibility for sports and recreation, the boys training school and the school meals programme.
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer
“I am confident that Senator Richards, having formerly served as Director of Sports, President of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association and as National Football Coach, will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position and will add immeasurable value to the government’s initiatives of upgrading the level of public service management and uplifting delivery in the social development and services sectors. Senator Richards’ love of sports and experience in all areas of its management and development will further augment and accelerate achievement of the goals expected from these portfolios of the multi faceted Ministry,” Spencer said.
Senator Winston Williams, who was formerly responsible for the sports ministry, will assume the position of minister of state in the Office of the Prime Minister and will be assigned tasks by the prime minister.
“Senator Williams has done an excellent job at the helm of the sports portfolio and has always expressed a desire to function in as many arms of the government as possible. I am equally confident that he will approach his new appointment with the same energy and high level of desire to serve as he did in his previous appointment.”
Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro is the substantive minister responsible for sports, the boys training school and the school meals programme.
The appointments take effect from 1st November 2013.