CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — Premier Hon. Mark A.G. Brantley, Minister of Finance, Human Resources et al. in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), has resumed one-on-one consultations with members of the public at his office at Pinney’s, Estate, Nevis.
Premier Brantley began seeing members of the public on Friday, January 15 instead of the usual Thursday consultations. This was the first of his weekly consultations since taking a brief hiatus over the 2020 Christmas season.
Brantley said as Premier, a Cabinet minister in the Nevis Island Administration, and the elected member for St. Johns in the Nevis Island Assembly, making himself available to the Nevisian public is paramount.
“The idea really is to give people as much access as possible to the Premier and for them to have an audience and an ability to speak to me,” said Hon. Brantley. “That is part and parcel of what we’ve tried to do in terms of our good governance agenda; accessibility, ensuring that our people have access to the Premier, the highest office on Nevis; and that persons have the ability to air their grievances, air their concerns, and often times bring their suggestions.
“People come for a variety of reasons,” explained Brantley. “I have some people who simply come to pray for me, some people who come to talk to me and tell me about their children or their grandchildren. It’s not always people coming with a problem. Sometimes people just want an audience and an opportunity. I think in our democracy and how we practice it, that is a very good thing.”
The Premier said on average he would see upward of 20 persons over the course of the day, discussing issues that cut across several ministries.
“For several years, since 2013 when I first entered government, I’ve designated Thursdays as my one-on-one. I meet with anybody who wants to meet. People can come without an appointment and I’m proud to say that I’ve done that over the last seven years.
“Since I became Premier in 2017, I’ve continued that tradition,” said Brantley. “People come in large numbers sometimes to meet with me on a variety of matters; in fact, people have come from as far away as St. Kitts on a regular basis to meet with me on a number of issues. We hear what their concerns are and try our best to resolve them.”
The Premier’s one-on-one consultations will continue every Thursday. Persons needing urgent meetings can schedule an appointment on any week day.