Staff at the Barbados Statistical Service (BSS) have come in for high praise from the Permanent Secretary in the Economic Affairs Division Seibert Frederick, who said Government could not formulate some necessary strategies without the information generated by the department.
He made the comments Saturday night at the BSS’ Celebration of 60 Years awards and retirement ceremony at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, Rockley, Christ Church.
Frederick said the BSS, which also compiles critical data, plays a very important role in the functioning of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, the economy and society.
“The department has played a significant role over the past 60 years and with the recently-concluded BSS Modernization Project, it will play an even more important role in the future,” he said.
He expressed the view that public servants worked hard, and he congratulated the retirees and those who received long-service awards.
Director of the BSS Aubrey Browne thanked the staff for their work during the past year. He said it had been a very busy period for the department, since they were involved in various consultancies connected with the implementation of the information technology component of the BSS Modernization Project.
Browne also thanked the four retirees – Maxcene Codrington, Jennifer Clarke, Brenda Carrington and Eric Bourne – for their dedication to the department, disclosing that they had contributed a combined total of more than 130 years to the public service.
Those who received long service awards were: Jean Johnson, Janelle Scantlebury-Mounsey and Todne Woods (10 years); Natallie Pierce-Davis (15 years); Jeffrey Hope and Valerie Taylor (20 years); Sylvia Griffith and Lynette Williams (25 years); Aubrey Browne, Marcia Best and Janet Williams (30 years); and Floyd Hall and Sherril Cox (35 years).