– Post Left Vacant By Jimmy Henry Filled As HEROD STANISLAS SWITCHES PORTFOLIOS
HEROD Stanislas, Member of Parliament for Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques, is now a Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives. He fills the position that was left vacant by Jimmy Henry who, on July 12, resigned, citing personal reasons.
Stanislas’s appointment, which took effect last week Monday, was confirmed yesterday via a government press release and he will now be responsible for Physical Planning.
He previously served as a Minister in the Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation.
Stanislas thanked all the staff at his previous Ministry for their support and understanding before moving to his new position.
“I want to thank the Honourable Prime Minister for his confidence in my abilities to serve in both these esteemed positions,” Stanislas said. “I thank the staff (who) have supported my work over the past year and I look forward now to this new assignment with anticipation. I will continue to work closely with all my Cabinet colleagues to ensure that our mandate is fulfilled.”
He continued: “I think it is also important that I thank the Hon. Guy Joseph for the support (and) guidance which he gave me over the past year. It meant a lot to me: I appreciate it, all he did for me as a young politician (and) as a young Minister. I now look forward with great anticipation and success at the Ministry of Physical Planning working in collaboration with the staff, particularly with the Heads of Department, so that the government could achieve its mandate and deliver on the mainly important capital projects which we outlined to the general public over our four-year vision in this last budget.”
According to Stanislas, Prime Minister Chastanet approached him, asking whether he would be willing to serve in another capacity in the Ministry of Agriculture.
“Without any hesitation, I said yes, P.M.; wherever you want me to serve this country, to serve the government, I would be more than willing to do so,” Stanislas said.
He added that he was never uncomfortable in his previous position.
“Guy Joseph and I always had a wonderful relationship, always worked very closely — no problems no issues,” Stanislas said.
Stanislas said his focus would be on the responsibility given him, which would be to serve the public effectively, responsibly, courteously and on a timely basis.
Chastanet, in explaining the reassignment, said Stanislaus had proven himself to be a dedicated and hard worker.
“This particular Ministry he has been assigned to is essential to the ambitious economic agenda we have set forth. We know that he will be successful in this new role,” Chastanet said.
Henry, when he resigned, also left vacant a seat on the government side of the Senate, which has yet to be filled. Chastanet, earlier this month, said the position will be filled before the next sitting of Parliament.