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PM Dickon Mitchell is taking over Ministry of Infrastructure and Physical Development

Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell – is putting the portfolio of Infrastructure Development under his belt to kick start a number of projects

Grenada is to get its first mini reshuffle within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell.

Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that with effect from Monday, the Prime Minister will become the new Minister for Infrastructure and Physical Development, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation instead of the current holder of the office, Dennis Cornwall, the Member of Parliament for St. Patrick East.

A government insider said that it will be a straight switch with Cornwall taking over as the new Minister of Finance to work alongside his brother Michael Sylvester who holds the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

It will be the first time a Minister is being switched from one portfolio to another in the nine months that Congress has been in office following its 9-6 victory at the polls over the New National Party (NNP) of ex-Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.

According to the source, the Prime Minister believes that his presence is no longer critical in the Ministry of Finance as it is now up and running and delivering on many of the promises made by Congress to get into office.

He said that Congress has been able to make good on several of the promises including the start of payment of the long outstanding pension to public officers, and the roll-out from April 15 of bi-monthly salaries to civil servants.

He identified another of the achievements as the early settlement of often contentious salary negotiations with the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) which is expected to see the Public Workers Union (PWU) falling in line with the terms and conditions of the offer accepted by the nation’s teachers.

The source pointed out that Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell believes that his presence in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development can remove a number of the bottlenecks that are preventing the country from benefiting from millions of dollars in projects in the pipeline.

One Congress supporter who commented on the decision of PM Mitchell to switch ministries with Minister Cornwall said that the Grenadian leader is showing that he has a plan to lead the country.

“Dickon is not a fool – he has a plan. That man will do whatever it takes to make sure that the government is performing. Dickon is not looking to serve only one term in government – the man wants to get re-elected again and will do whatever it takes to make sure that the government delivers on its promises,” he said.

Congress is said to be planning several major events and activities to mark its first anniversary in government after 15-0 back-to-back defeat at the polls by NNP in the 2013 and 2018 general elections.

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