Morgan Touts Interest in Rural Development


Newly Minted Government Senator, Robert Morgan, says he has an interest in rural development.

The former Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister is also now a Parliamentary Secretary in the OPM.

Mr. Morgan says he’s to meet with Prime Minister Andrew Holness soon to discuss his responsibilities.

He’s also adamant that he has not been given responsibility for the Information portfolio.

Robert Morgan, Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary, speaking last evening on Nationwide @5, with Cliff Hughes and Kemesha Kelly.

He says he’s also interested in environmental preservation and child protection.

Mr. Morgan’s appointment will restore the government’s full complement of 13 Senators in the Upper House.

The vacancy arose following the resignation of Ruel Reid from the Senate in March.

Reid was fired as Education Minister and resigned as a Government Senator following a corruption probe at a number of agencies which fell under his then Ministry.

Mr. Morgan’s appointment comes ahead of a crucial vote today on a resolution which proposes to extend the State of Public Emergency in western Jamaica.

The resolution was approved in the Lower House on Tuesday.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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