Hon. Iram Lewis - Statement - Appointment as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture

The Hon. Iram Lewis
Appointment as  
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture
24 February 2021

I thank the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis for his confidence in recommending my appointment as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.
I thank my predecessor in office, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle for the work she did at the Ministry.
I also wish to thank my colleagues at the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Disaster Reconstruction Authority and NEMA for their support during my tenure as Minister of State.
While there is still much work to be done to restore and to redevelop Abaco, the Abaco Cays and parts of Grand Bahama following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, we have made considerable progress in our rebuilding efforts.
I wish the residents of the affected areas and my colleagues the very best in their ongoing efforts and pledge to continue to assist wherever I can.
As a former athlete, a constant supporter of our young people and their potential, and as someone committed to our creative cultural communities, I am excited to take on this responsibility.

I look forward to engaging with the cultural and creative arts community in the ongoing development and promotion of Bahamian arts, culture and heritage.
Because the development of our young people is at the heart of national development, I will be a champion for Bahamian youth and young adults.

I also understand the vital role that sports plays in the holistic development of young people and our communities.
In keeping with the recent announcement by the Prime Minister, I look forward to the reintroduction of the Bahamas Games.
I pledge to work in a spirit of respect and courtesy with those in my ministry and the various youth, sports and cultural groups with whom we engage.
I will listen to advice. I will work to bring people together to advance causes that help our athletes, young people and cultural groups.
The Bahamas is a great little country.  Our people have so much talent.  My focus will be on helping nurture that talent in a spirit of unity and togetherness.
I thank my family, friends, colleagues and the people of Central Grand Bahama for their continuing support.
I pledge my best to the Bahamian people and will continue to honor the privilege of public service.
With gratitude, I thank Almighty God for his blessings and pray those blessings on our country.