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Dec 11, 2019

Why Was Minister a No-Show at Youth Apprentices’ Graduation?

Dianne Finnegan

The Youth Apprenticeship Programme is a programme through the Ministry of Education. This year, coordinator Dianne Finnegan says that the polo shirts used by the graduates at today’s ceremony were donated by the Prime Minister.  Notably absent from the ceremony was Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber. Finnegan explains that he was invited, but didn’t show up. Finnegan is a supporter of Faber’s political opponent for the U.D.P. leadership, John Saldivar, did this cause a no-show? Here is Finnegan’s response.

 

Reporter

“We know that you have come out as a support of John Saldivar and your minister is the opponent of Saldivar for the leadership race. Is there some distance being taken by the minister because you noh deh with he?”

 

Dianne Finnegan, Coordinator, Youth Apprenticeship Program

“Well I can’t answer for him; you would have to ask him that.”

 

Reporter

“If you were to judge by his actions…I am sure an invitation was extended; I would imagine.”

 

Dianne Finnegan

“Yes we did. I am not sure if he is in the country, I don’t know what is the reason for why he is not here. I saw a group of individuals from the Ministry of Education, including the C.E.O., earlier when we were coming out of the elevator and they were heading down. I am not sure if he was busy at another engagement, but we did extend. He is the Minister of Education; he really heads the Youth Apprenticeship Programme and has always been a part of the ceremony so I am not sure why he did not make it today.”

 

Reporter

“So put it simple like this, to use vernacular, “If yo mi ride with the man, ih mi wah deh yah?”

 

Dianne Finnegan

“I can’t answer that either Jules. I can’t say that for sure. Things happen and sometimes engagements clash. And he didn’t indicate with me that he had another engagement so I am not sure why he is not here today.”


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