Addressing the topic during a press conference held on February 25, 2022, he said the Special Advisors, formerly called Ministerial Political Advisors, have been selected.
“Special Advisors for the two Junior Ministers have been selected and the appointments will be made in a few days so that our Junior Ministers can get the support to continue delivering as the load of their responsibilities increases,” he remarked.
He said the Jr Ministers conducted their own interviews and selected their Special Advisors.
He also said these roles should be occupied by persons who are competent, persons who understand the essence of time, and should not be just friends of the ministers.
The Territory’s leader also informed that he has two of his three Special Advisors. They are Mr. Kevin ‘OJ’ Smith and Mr. Sunil Ramjitsingh.
“There is one more special advisor to be approved for the Premier and based on the nature of the work that has to be done, we are looking for someone with expertise in Constitutional Law and drafting of legislation just to name a few areas.”
He added: “This is in an effort to help us to continue to assist our already hard-working public officers to push even harder to get the work of the people done in an even more timely, effective and transparent manner. It is all about the people, their needs and their aspirations being met especially during these difficult times.”
He again insisted that this is not a new post but one that is more clearly defined and their pay will come from the already allocated funds that have been budgeted per ministry for consultants.
The Premier then urged suitable persons to apply for these posts as each Minister is allowed to have a Special Advisor.