Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS) — Mrs. Josephine Huggins, former Head of the Federation’s Public Service Commission and Police Service Commission, was (this morning) sworn in as the first female Cabinet Secretary of St. Kitts and Nevis.
High Court Commissioner of Oaths, Kenley Henry, administered the Oath of Office and Oath of Secrecy (just after a prayer by Eldon Thomas) at the beginning of the first working session of the Cabinet of the new Team Unity government, headed by Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris.
Mrs. Huggins, who hails from Dieppe Bay, St. Kitts, has over thirty years of public service experience in both St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She served as Assistant Comptroller of Inland Revenue in St. Kitts and Nevis between 1970 and 1992. A renowned businesswoman, Mrs. Huggins is a proprietor of East Caribbean Printers, located at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Estate.
In welcoming the new Cabinet Secretary, Prime Minister Harris praised her wealth of experience and knowledge of the workings of both the public and private sectors. “We could hardly find somebody with your knowledge and experience and coming from a private sector background to help guide us through. We thank you and look forward to learning at your feet and you assisting us as we move forward. It is an awesome responsibility but you are most suited for that.”
The Cabinet’s role is to direct government policy and make decisions about national issues.