Floyd Green has resigned as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries after attending a birthday party on Tuesday – a no-movement day aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
His presence at the party was captured in a video and posted on social media. A local government official, Andrew Bellamy, was also there. To watch the video, which has gone viral, CLICK HERE.
Although the minister is considered an essential worker, he said his action was wrong. He also apologized.
“My actions have demonstrated a lack of sensitivity for the difficult realities that all of us are facing currently. It was wrong,” Green said in a written statement. “I accept that this was an error in judgement and that it sends the wrong signal especially in light of the Government’s drive to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For this I am really and truly very sorry.”
The minister resigned after meeting this morning with Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
He declared his intention to continuing serving the people of South West St. Elizabeth as member of parliament, adding that he will work to regain the trust of the Jamaican people.
HIS FULL STATEMENT IS POSTED BELOW:
In 2011, I decided to get involved in representational politics because of an desire to do my part in creating a better Jamaica.
It has been a very challenging journey, but I have been extremely blessed to have served as president of Generation 2000 and to be elected on two occasions to represent the people of South West St. Elizabeth.
I have also been given the honour and privilege to serve as State Minister with responsibility for Youth, State Minister with responsibility for Industry and Commerce and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.
At every step of the way I have worked hard. I believe I have conducted myself with dignity, honesty and discipline.
I have remained transparent, above the fray of tribal politics and have treated every single person I come across with respect.
However, today, I have disappointed so many. My family including my son, my Prime Minister and most importantly, the people of Jamaica who I have sworn to serve.
No matter how briefly, and regardless of the circumstances, I should never have participated in any engagement that could indicate a lack of appreciation of the difficult and serious realities that now face the entire country.
My actions have demonstrated a lack of sensitivity for the difficult realities that all of us are facing currently.
It was wrong.
I accept that this was an error in judgement and that it sends the wrong signal especially in light of the Government’s drive to reduce the spread of Covid 19. For this I am really and truly very sorry.
Therefore, I met this morning with Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, PC, MP and indicated that I will withdraw from the Cabinet.
I will work hard to regain the trust and regard of the Jamaican people but I remain 100% committed, to serve the people of South West St. Elizabeth.
I can and will promise that this lapse in judgement will not reoccur.
Again, I apologize, promise to in the future do right by the Jamaican people.
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