YOUTH AND Culture Minister Lisa Hanna has reacted to claims by youth leaders that she is failing in the execution of her portfolio duties as it relates to young people.
"I will invite all of those student leaders to come and meet with me because there have been clear objectives that have been set, clear policy initiatives which were addressed yesterday (Tuesday)," Hanna said during the Jamaica House press briefing.
Hanna, who was given grades ranging from C to D by youth leaders, told journalists that she welcomed analysis and objective discourse on her stewardship.
However, the youth minister advised the leadership of the youth organisations to judge her on the basis of her achievements and on empirical data.
Hanna also expressed surprise that the chairman of the National Youth Council, Ryan Small, had raised concerns about her performance as minister.
During a Gleaner Editors' Forum on Tuesday, Small suggested that the youth minister had not articulated a clear plan for the nation's youth.
However, Hanna said she held a meeting with Small during her first week on the job and gave instructions that he be given a desk in her ministry.
"I see Mr Small every day," she added.