NIA continues to seek devolution of powers

Deputy Governor General His Honour Eustace John inspects the Guard of Honour accompanied by Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry (second row left) and Commander of the Nevis Police Division Superintendent Hilroy Brandy (extreme left) at the grounds of the Nevis Island Assembly, moments before he delivered the Throne Speech

NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (September 14, 2011) — The Nevis Island Administration will continue to work assiduously at the federal level to give the island of Nevis greater self-governance. This was disclosed by Deputy Governor General His Honour Eustace John, when he delivered the Throne Speech at the Nevis Island Assembly on Monday.

The speech which reflected the plans of the Nevis Reformation Party-led Nevis Island Administration (NIA) marks the start of its second term in office after the July 2011 local elections. “We are firmly of the view that additional law making authority is necessary to advance the social and economic development of Nevis.

Consequently, we are seeking to expand the legislative powers of Nevis in areas where, presently, we are limited to administrative responsibility. “These additional powers include matters of education, health, police, security, ports and other areas of exclusive responsibility,” he said.

The Deputy Governor General also emphasised that the government still believed that constitutional reform was the best option in the way forward for Nevis to avoid rancour and to protect the historical and familial bond that existed between St. Kitts and Nevis.

He said what was needed therefore, was a legislative regime that was dynamic and provided the right balance between administrative responsibility and legislative competence to propel Nevis forward in a global economy that required countries to be nimble, responsible and creative to ensure survival.

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