Thursday, 21 September 2017

Pintard Heralds His Ministry's Plans

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- During his Contribution to the 2017/2018 Budget Communication in the House of Assembly, on June 19, 2017 Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard thanked Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis for inviting him to "lead the charge" to oversee the government’s work in empowering the nation's youth and facilitating sports and cultural development.
 
"It is my intention to work in partnership with the talented staff at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, practitioners and stakeholders in those three critical areas so that we might restore hope, restore fair play and an abundance of opportunities for those Bahamians who are industrious and are minded to work hard and smart, to achieve for themselves, their families and their communities," Minister Pintard said.
 
"I wish to assure the Bahamian people who benefit from the historical service by this Ministry, that I would be steadfast and focused in delivering quality service to you," he added.  "Years of activism, community service, political trials and life’s struggles have made me relentless, resourceful and focused."
 
Minister Pintard said that that work in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture over the course of the next calendar year will be guided by several key considerations.
 
"We will work in partnership with stakeholders locally and internationally who share our commitment to youth, sports and cultural development," Minister Pintard said.  "We will work closely with other government agencies and ministries to minimize scheduling conflicts and to reduce duplication of efforts and resources, to achieve best outcome for the Bahamian people."
 
Minister Pintard said that his Ministry will "vigorously" pursue financial and other resources nationally and internationally that would enable us to introduce or amend legislation, policies, programs or projects.  He pointed out that the Ministry will continue to ensure that world-class physical infrastructure for youth, sports and cultural development are put in place.
 
"Similarly, we will concentrate on building our feeder system; so that we train and practically support emerging athletes, budding cultural practitioners and young people, in general, who may otherwise fall through the cracks or under-achieve if not guided and supported," he said.
 
Minister Pintard noted that one of the overarching considerations, as his Ministry goes into that fiscal year is that his Ministry, as a whole, will be outreach-minded in staging events, holding discussions and targeting Bahamians.
 
"Our target audience must be reached out to and are unlikely to come into the traditional venues that we may set up," he said.  "So, young people can expect that we will be engaging them in the communities where they live, through the mediums that they listen to, and not the ones that we presume that they are listening to or watching.
 
"We will be actively going out in the hotspot areas to make a difference in the lives of our young people, to identify talented athletes and to inspire the many cultural practitioners who have been forgotten in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas"
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