REP Paid Homage to its Staff on July 24
The night of Friday, July 24th was filled with pomp, pageantry and suspense when the Rural Electrification Programme Ltd (REP) paid homage to its staff members with a lavish staff awards ceremony, dinner and dance at the Pegasus Hotel.
Staff members were given awards for long service and in special categoriesnamely dedicated, outstanding and excellent servicein memory of Elma Tatham, James Lettman and Wesley Saulter respectively. There was also a General Manager's award. Former members of staff were also given awards for outstanding service. All members of staff received certificates for their service to the REP.
The long service awards
Fifteen members of staff were given awards for long service, ranging from 11 years to 35 years. Mr. Rudolph Pusey, Marketing Supervisor, earned the top award for long service having served the REP for 35 years. Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, M.P, keynote speaker presented Mr. Pusey with his award. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the Hon. Phillip Paulwell presented the awards to staff members who served for over 20 years and Minister of State the Hon. Julian Robinson presented the awards to the staff member who have served between 10 – 20 years.
Employees Yrs of
Positions Pusey, Rudolph 35 Marketing Supervisor Thomas, Rohan 25 Materials Clerk Barrett, Weston 24 Design Supervisor Boughton, Kirk 24 Project Engineer Lowe, Peter 24 Stores Supervisor DeGouth, Wayne 22 Cost Accountant Smith, Novene 21 Senior Materials Clerk Brown, Raymond 20 Marketing Representative McHayle, Glaister 20 Engineer Clerk Watt, Joan 20 Marketing Clerk Easy, Opal 19 Confidential Secretary Forester 11 Receptionist Jackson 11 Office Attendant Stephenson Rohan 11 Warehouse Man Wilson 11 Company Driver
The special awards
Four special awards were handed out.
The Elma Tatham Award for Dedicated Service was awarded to Ms. Novene Smith
The James Lettman Award for Outstanding Service was awarded Mr. Kirk Boughton.
The Wesley Saulter Award for Excellent Servicewas awarded to Mr. Anthony Brown
The General Manager's Award for Resourcefulness and Support was awarded to Ms. Opal Easy
Awards to former staff members
Three former REP staff members received awards for their contributions. They are:
- Mr. Keith Garvey – For outstanding contributions to REP
- Mr. Colton Smith – For outstanding contributions to REP
- Mr. Samuel Marshall - For outstanding contributions to REP
Keynote speech – Hon. Dr. Peter PhillipsIn
his keynote address, Minister Peter Phillips paid homage to the REP by highlighting its work over the past 40 years.
He went on to mention other areas of progress made by the Jamaican government such as the recently successful bond issue in the international capital markets, in whichJamaica raised US$2 billion. This, Minister Phillips said, was Jamaica's largest capital market fund raising ever and it would facilitate the buy back of a substantial portion of Jamaica's debt to Venezuela. This wouldin turn, make a major contribution to Jamaica'soverall efforts at debt reduction.
The Minister emphasized that going forward, the critical factor toJamaica's growth would be making cheaper energy available. He highlighted some of the efforts that Jamaica is currently making in that regard. These include the upgrading of the island's electricity generation plant to reduce production costs and the price of electricity to consumers. Thisprocess, he said, began last year with Cabinet'sappointment of the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) to develop a programme to modernise electricity generation and related facilities in the short term.
Minister Phillips mentioned the progress made inrenewables, namely the expansion of the Wigton Windfarm by an additional 24MW. He also mentioned that Blue Mountain Renewables recently broke ground in St Elizabeth, for a 34-megawatt wind project and that WRB Enterpriseswould be constructing a 20 MW photovoltaic generation facility in Clarendon.
He said that Jamaica's efforts at reducing the cost of electricity has resulted in cost reduction from 40 US cents per kilo watt hour to 28 US cents during the past year and this has improved the profitability of many private sector enterprises.
Minister Phillips noted with satisfaction that the REP, which would be rebranded as NESol, would be identifying many untapped areas in Jamaica that are suitable for large scale renewable projects. He lauded NESol's plans to mobilize grant funding to develop renewable projects, as well as its plans to target investments in large scale renewable projects that can be tied into the JPS Grid. He said that Jamaica is still at a fragile point, but he concluded on a high note.
"Only fixity of purpose and continuity of effort will see us through. NESol has a critical contribution to make and we have every confidence that you will deliver," Minister Phillips said.Tags:
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