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Chevannes left a tremendous void - Nelson

Published:Tuesday | November 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Minister of National Security Senator Dwight Nelson, has expressed sadness at the passing of Professor Barry Chevannes, who he said, helped to craft a path of peace among Jamaica's young people.

Nelson said the safety and security of Jamaicans, as well as their ultimate rights as citizens were prominent on Chevannes' agenda.

He said the professor was well aware that the exercise of these rights would result in a stronger democracy.

Pointing to Chevannes' commitment to researching the reason behind males' involvement in criminal activities, and his compulsion to do something, Nelson said this was reflected in his tireless work at the university on youth in particular.

The national security minister noted that his research was highly instructive in guiding the way forward.

Nelson said although academia was his calling, Chevannes had dedicated his life to finding a solution for the social ills that bedevilled not only the country as a whole, but the welfare of individuals as well.

He said the thrust for a better and safer Jamaica propelled Chevannes to work with groups such as the Peace Management Initiative, which falls under the aegis of the Ministry of National Security.

In extending deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Chevannes, Nelson said his passing has, without doubt, left a tremendous void, which will be impossible to fill.