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'Bring dignity back to Gordon House'

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 1:00 AM
Pastor Glen O. Samuels (left), president West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, greeting Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Michael McMorris (centre), chairman of the board of directors of the Victoria Mutual Building Society, at the annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston yesterday.

Pastor Glen O. Samuels, president of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, has appealed to the nation's leaders to work towards restoring stability, decency, dignity and ethical conduct to the House of Representatives.

"I've never met George William Gordon, but sometimes when I watch (the) behaviour in the House bearing his name, I am forced to ask myself, 'What kind of a man was he?'" Samuels said yesterday at the annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Delivering the main address under the theme 'Let Righteousness Exalt a Nation', Samuels said "Let's put civility, decency, dignity, respect, refinement, and ethical conduct back in the legislative hall called Gordon House."

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen said Jamaica's Government and business-sector leaders were not at all perfect, and called on every Jamaican to play their part in advancing the morality of the nation.

LOVE FOR PEOPLE

Sir Patrick, reminding members on both sides of the political divide of the importance of respecting their colleagues, said, "National growth is not only evident in economic indices, but in the values we inculcate and transmit and in the attitudes we display. These values and attitudes should convey a pattern of commitment and love for people."

Also in attendance were church leaders from across Jamaica and a host of dignitaries, which included Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Andrew Holness, leader of the Opposition, who both read lessons taken from Proverbs 14:26-34 and James 2:19-26, respectively.

Various members of the major political parties were out in their numbers.

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams, President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, William Mahfood, along with Sir Patrick, Simpson Miller and Holness, participated in a special candle-lighting exercise.

- Jason Cross