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High praise for Public Servants amidst poor working conditions - Clyde Lettsome

Clyde Lettsome, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Of Natural Resources and Labour. Photo: VINO/File
After two category 5 killer storms, Hurricane Irma and Maria destroyed the Ports Authority Building on the western end of Tortola in September of 2017, Immigration, Customs and Treasury Officers were being housed under temporary tents. Photo: Facebook
After two category 5 killer storms, Hurricane Irma and Maria destroyed the Ports Authority Building on the western end of Tortola in September of 2017, Immigration, Customs and Treasury Officers were being housed under temporary tents. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: Members of the Public Service came in for high praises during a featured address by Clyde Lettsome, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour.

Mr Lettsome made his remarks on the grounds of the Central Administration Complex, on Monday, October 8, 2018, in observance of Public Service Week 2018.

“Without you, public servants, we have no service and if we have no service, we can neither progress nor develop... In short, we would not have this territory that we built together, side by side” he said.

The former Permanent Secretary also extended gratitude to expats who came to the VI to help with post-Irma efforts, “we value the Expats who came in among us to help to provide these services. They have become our wives, our husbands, our children, our relatives, our teachers, our loved ones, our friends,” Mr Lettsome said. 

Selfish Purpose

He mentioned that while the responsibility of the Public Service is to create an enabling environment through the creation and implementation of laws, the private sector still depend on them to be vibrant, to grow and to develop. 

“The private sector is then in a position to produce the revenue that pays for the public infrastructure and your salaries as it goes about its selfish purpose of earning profits, paying taxes, employing people and being good corporate citizens,” he says.  

However, Mr Lettsome did empathize with the workers in the various public fields given the conditions they work under as a result of the 2017 hurricanes, “I get the fact that you are labouring under very difficult conditions...  You no longer have… air-conditioned buildings and to add insult to injury, many different departments and agencies are sharing a single space,” he said.  

No basic equipment

“Some of you don’t have basic equipment to carry out your jobs. Your documents are no longer as secured as they were and you feel hot and uncomfortable,” he further said.  

“Public service is a vocation; some would even say, a sacrifice… Whenever catastrophes strike, opportunity walks at her side… and that is because humans are remarkably resilient and have a strong drive and instinct for survival,” Mr Lettsome said.

He also highlighted that Mold in some public buildings continues to be an issue, “These are all legitimate concerns and they must and will be addressed…  But while you exercise patience, you have a serious job to perform and the country is at stake if you do not perform that job well,”  he said.

Public Service Week 2018, was held from October 8 through October 15 under the theme, “Transforming Together.”

9 Responses to “High praise for Public Servants amidst poor working conditions - Clyde Lettsome”

  • gone with the wind (31/10/2018, 13:03) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The days when it had solid permanent secretaries like Clyde, Lorna, willock, syberltia, Julia, standly, ethlin etc etc
  • facts (31/10/2018, 17:58) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Good Speech but he sold out to oil nut
  • CRP (01/11/2018, 07:57) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am not a civil servant, but think it is important to point out that you are a wonderful person who is not quick to condemn others. I have always admired your geniune kind spirit and warm personality. You are a true leader!!

    I too have commended civil servants for their strength to work under the post Irma conditions (particularly those in the Admin Complex) and get the same excellent service experienced pre-Irma! I am glad you made a point to highlight this.

    Blessings to you and your family!
    • vi (01/11/2018, 10:30) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      I guess you never worked directly under him or you would think otherwise. I did; twice.
  • Hmmm (01/11/2018, 08:14) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Nobody want to hear from these sell outs. Sell out while in government and now a house slave being used by massah to get what oilnut wants from govt. Nexf
  • facts (01/11/2018, 21:07) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr Lettsome has good integrity
  • Truth (02/11/2018, 10:48) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    So what dis about now he going run for politricks. I find everybody wait till now to have something to say. Since NDP get in the Public Service got worse. Clyde what side you on now I aint sure cause u looking out for yourself.


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