Bahamas: The Prime Minister of Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis, took part in the official opening of the Orville Turnquest National Security Building.
“It is fitting that this building is named in honor of one who has given such service to The Bahamas throughout his lifetime,” said the Prime Minister.
“Sir Orville dedicated his life to public service and the betterment of the country.”
Sir Orville, who watched the ceremony from his home, was the fifth Bahamian Governor-General in an independent Bahamas and served in many areas in public life, including as Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs and as Attorney General Deputy Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister said that the Orville Turnquest National Security Building would play an essential role in the strengthening and further coordination of the country’s armed forces.
The four-story 70,000 square-feet modern structure is comprised of an east and west wing to accommodate each of the armed forces.
Apart from this PM Minnis, made a strong appeal for all citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, insisting the country’s economic rebound hinged on the jab’s general administration.
Dr. Minnis said when a large percentage of Bahamians are vaccinated, more of the country would be able to open up. Adding this would spark more jobs, among other economic positives.
He said vaccinations would likely be a requirement by other countries to travel overseas and that cruise lines may also have the same stipulation.
Dr. Minnis said: “Vaccines are critical to ending the pandemic. In the Bahamas, there will not be a government mandate requiring you to take a vaccine.”
“However, we strongly urge all who are eligible to get vaccinated.
“I will take the vaccine. I will urge family and friends to take the vaccine.
By getting vaccinated, you will help the country to return to a greater level of normalcy.
“By getting vaccinated, you will also help our economy to recover faster. When a large percentage of Bahamians are vaccinated, we will be able to open up even more responsibly.