Sanitation workers critically important to nation building, says Prime Minister Harris

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, September 09, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The necessary yet sometimes underappreciated work carried out by sanitation officers in St. Kitts was highlighted during the 17th Sanitation Workers’ Appreciation Day thanksgiving service hosted by the Apostolic Faith Mission in Basseterre on Sunday, September 08.

The special service was organized in an effort to show appreciation to the dedicated men and women of the Parks and Beaches Unit, employees of Public and Environmental Health, Public Works, the Solid Waste Management Corporation, the Water Department, and other related agencies who help to keep the Federation clean.

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It was attended by a number of senior Government officials including Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris; Minister of Health, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, as well as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Senator the Honourable Akilah Byron-Nisbett.

While delivering remarks, Prime Minister Harris reminded all in attendance that the work of sanitation workers is as important as any other profession in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“By remembering you, Pastor [Lincoln] Hazell and the church and all who are committed towards nation building begin to recognize that those who are cutting the grass, that those who are cleaning, that those who are doing all manner of things in the nature of environmental health they are just as important as any of us. They are just as important as the prime minister, they are just as important as the pastor, they are just as important as the teacher [and] the nurse,” the honourable prime minister said.

On this occasion, some 15 sanitation workers were recognized for their service to the nation.

Prime Minister Harris also applauded the efforts of Pastor Hazell and his congregation for their commitment towards the uplifting of sanitation workers year after year, through the thanksgiving service.

Health Minister, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, also expressed words of appreciation to the sanitation workers for safeguarding the health of the nation and for providing services that are essential to our way of life.

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