The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has told the staff of the Institute of Sports, that they have nothing to fear from the ongoing transformation of the agency.
According to Minister Grange, there had been several developments at Insports during the last few months and that “much of it had to do with the Board’s strategic actions in line with the objectives of the review” which she had mandated.
The Minister outlined that all the sports agencies were being reviewed with a view to restructuring the entities to achieve certain objectives including: the elimination of duplication and inefficiencies; improving institutional sports capacity; providing for integration for effectiveness; and rationalising funding streams.
Minister Grange said there was bi-partisan agreement on the need to transform Insports. “The former Minister and I are on the same page,” said Minister Grange. She added that transformation process would lead to Insports becoming “a well-run, accountable organisation that gives value to the people of Jamaica.”
Speaking directly to the staff of Insports, Minister Grange said she had no role in the making and execution of decisions at the management level, but she emphasised that she had given the Board a mandate to improve performance.
Minister Grange said: “Many Boards have come and many Boards have gone, and the more things change the more they remain the same. Well I just want to say to all of you here and I want to say to the Insports staff [especially]: Don’t fret. Don’t worry. I just want you to perform. You have nothing to worry about. You do your work and you’ll be just fine. I look forward to us continuing to work and getting the result that you know that you have to get.”
The Minister also noted recent comments by a labour union regarding developments at Insports: “As a general rule, I refrain from comment on staff matters. But, I would just say this: the Civil Service has a well-established mechanism to treat with staff matters, including discipline. The process provides for the right of appeal. I expect that the process will be followed scrupulously and I have no intention to interfere in the process.”
CAPTION: Above: – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (right) confers with Administrative Director (ad interim) at Insports, Renardo Smith.