ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, July 1, 2022 - Having been sworn in as Grenada’s ninth Prime Minister last Friday, 44 year old Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell, yesterday swore in an eleven member Cabinet one week after his National Democratic Congress (NDC) party won general elections in that country by 9-6 in the country’s fifteen seats assembly.
The official swearing-in ceremony which took place at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium, saw the new ministers receiving their instruments of appointment. They include:
Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell - Minister for Finance, Minister for National Security and Home Affairs, Public Administration, Information and Disaster Management;
Joseph Andall- Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Export Development;
Tevin Andrews- Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and Local Government;
Dennis Cornwall- Minister for Infrastructure, Physical Development, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation;
Ron Livingston Redhead- Minister of State with responsibility for Youth and Sports within the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports;
Kerryne James- Minister for Climate Resilience, the Environment and Renewable Energy;
Philip Alfred Telesford- Minister for Social and Community Development, Housing and Gender Affairs;
Andy Williams- Minister for Mobilisation Implementation and Transformation;
Lennox John Andrews- Minister for Economic Development, Tourism and ICT;
David Andrew- Minister for Education, Youth and Sport;
‘Gayton Jonathan La Crette- Minister for Health, Wellness and Religious Affairs;
Adrian Thomas- Minister of State with responsibility for Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperatives;
Claudette Joseph- Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs, Labour and Consumer Affairs;
Gloria Ann Thomas- Minister of State with responsibility for Social Development and Gender Affairs;
Quinc Britton - Senator in the Parliament of Grenada;
In his address following the ceremony, Prime Minister Mitchell said it was time for industrial peace in Grenada and announced in his capacity as Ministry of Finance that he will instruct the Ministry of Finance to repay to the teachers of Petite Martinique, Carriacou and Grenada, the salaries that were docked unjustly from them and that those payments should be made to them as early as July 2022.
At his swearing in last Friday, Mitchell said that a collective approach would be needed to deal with the many problems confronting Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
“I wish to assure the nation that under my leadership, the National Democratic Congress must lead by example by taking a united citizens approach to our governance. It does not mean that we do not have to make tough but difficult decisions and often times that’s the hallmark of leadership,” said Mitchell, who in October took over the reign of the NDC following the party’s disastrous outings in the last two general elections when it was trounced 15-nil.
He told the ceremony that when those decisions are required “we will make them but we will ensure that we can explain, consult and justify to our people why we are making the decisions”.
Mitchell said he was urging Grenadians to be part of the transformation of the country and that while the members of the Cabinet and portfolios will be known soon, such a task will be undertaken on a merit basis.
“We would not move forward as a people,” he said, if appointments to key government institutions, boards and other services were done on a party loyalty basis.
He has vowed to break the cycle of nepotism under his administration and was urging all Grenadians, who in the past had shied away from serving the country to come forward as the “doors are open.