Artisans, painters, masons, operators and general workers of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance came in for high praise recently when they were treated to an appreciation luncheon in the courtyard of the Ministry’s Headquarters.
The initiative, spearheaded by Permanent Secretary, Mark Cummins, saw members of staff from all 13 depots, including the Buildings and Operations sections, converging on the Ministry’s compound to be served a delectable spread by one the island’s top catering companies.
PS Cummins said this was the Ministry’s way of showing its appreciation for the hard work its staff has been undertaking over the last few months.
Also mingling and greeting staff was Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Peter Phillips, who welcomed the staff to the luncheon.
Describing the workers as the “backbone” of the Ministry, he stated: “We thought it important at this juncture to bring all of you together from the various depots, to express our deepest appreciation and our thanks for the hard work you have been doing over the last 20 months and during my tenure.”
Mr. Phillips said that he was aware that the workers had taken a lot of harsh criticism in the past but he knew they have been doing “an excellent job” within the Ministry and within the country.
“We think is important to pause and acknowledge the effort that you the workers have been putting in and we as a Government have been trying our best to equip this Ministry so it can do the work that it needs to do,” he said.
He added that he recognized that the workers out on the road were “the center and the engine room” of the Ministry and said he saw a new sense of commitment and purpose coming out of the workers.
The Minister also expressed thanks on behalf of Minister of Transport Works and
Maintenance, Dr. William Duguid, the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley, the Cabinet of Barbados, the Permanent Secretary and all the office staff of the Ministry.
At the end of the event, Senior Technician, Roland Daisley, who retired after working over 40 years at the Ministry, was honoured and presented with a token of appreciation.
Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance / BGIS