New constituency council members sworn in

Just in time for the 49th independence celebrations, 120 constituency council members from 12 constituencies across the island were sworn in for a two-year term today.

Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett reminded representatives of the importance of their roles at the ceremony held at the Department of Constituency Empowerment in Warrens, St Michael.

“The Constituency Empowerment Program, remains one of the pivotal programs in Barbados for effecting change within our communities, and this undertaking is critical especially in the current climate of rampant and intense social, economic and technological change,” Blackett said.

He warned the councillors that their roles “require the highest level of commitment” to improving the conditions of their fellow citizens, and the purpose of the program was to the create change across the country, starting with their own communities.

“Patriotism must not be trivialized and cannot be exaggerated enough, bearing this in mind, let me remind each councillor being sworn in this morning of the great significance of the oath you are taking today.”

Some of the councillors sworn in this morning.

Blackett acknowledged the achievements of constituency council members such as the David Thompson Memorial Football Classic, despite the lack of funding given to the for constituency councils, and stated he will be requesting an increase to the allotted funding to the constituency councils.

“I will requisition the Minister of finance in this year’s estimates to allocate increased funding for the department so that we can realistically execute the program to the councils as mandated by the Act back in 2009,” Blackett told the councilors.

He added, that his ministry would be “making a push this year…to see how best that we can achieve the $100,000 for each constituency council so that we can pursue the goals of the council”. (KK)








6 Responses to New constituency council members sworn in

  1. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne November 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    THAT is a A LOTTTTT of people. Listen. When I made the suggestion for Constituency Councils to David Thompson back in 2007 in the message board ( ) I didn’t mean to pack down the whole of Barbados in there…. I said there should be a simple way that people could reach their MP, and if there were building projects before Town and Country Planning the councils should have community impact suggestions for any large developments. The point was it was supposed to be a “just LITTLE ting” in the words of comedian Paul Keens-Douglas. I donno what allyuh doing now because the entire Kingdom of Barbados ain’ functioning no better.

  2. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt November 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Sharing of the fatted calf to the lackeys, while the rest of us footing the bill

  3. Tony Webster November 29, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I thank the reporter, and the BT editor, for their expertise in selecting the quotations given here, from the Minister’s speech/Press release. These little gems of elevated Goebbelian gobbley-gook, should be re-read to determine if they should be carved in stone, or alternatively inserted into a revised “Alice in Wonderland”.

    This little piece deserves a re-read folks, to fully savour the gems falling from the lips of the Very Honourable Minister, as well as to to ponder how so many folks, could be led by the nose, for crass political purposes. Touche BT!

  4. Terry Clarke
    Terry Clarke November 29, 2015 at 8:26 am

    How can I get one of those positions as a pro-law, law abiding citizen of my homeland Barbados?

  5. TRUFUL November 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

    There are notices in the press from time to time or you can call the office for more info.

  6. Cat Rock
    Cat Rock November 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    This would be great if temp workers salaries were being paid


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