Prime Minister takes on environment portfolio, says it remains key
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has responded to concerns by environmentalists about the scrapping of the Environment Ministry.
In a release issued this afternoon, the OPM said it will now have responsibility for the environment portfolio.
The OPM also holds responsibility for water, housing, economic growth and job creation.
The OPM said the Prime Minister has always expressed a keen interest in the environment and considers good and responsible environmental management and planning as critical to facilitating economic growth and sustainable development.
It also said the Prime Minister has taken a proactive role where environmental management and climate change mitigation efforts are concerned by situating this important portfolio in his office.
According to the OPM, with the environment portfolio in the OPM, it will benefit from effective planning and coordination of government activities and the ensuing synergies situated in that office.
Yesterday, the 18 members of Prime Minister Andrew Holness' cabinet were sworn in at King's House.