SAN FERNANDO – MINISTER of Labour and Small Enterprise Development Jennifer Baptiste-Primus is calling it quits after only one term in office.
She made the surprise announcement on Thursday night while speaking at the dinner and awards ceremony of the Co-operative Credit Union Movement at Achievors Banquet Hall in San Fernando.
General elections in Trinidad and Tobago are due next year.
In her opening remarks, Baptiste-Primus said, “As I prepare to demit office, I want to wish you and the members of your league the very best.”
And as she ended her address, she said, “Let me, as the outgoing Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development…”
Baptiste-Primus added, “Yes, because we all have to prepare. I am one of those persons who prepare for every stage of my life.”
She said. “God has blessed me to serve you for a five-year period, and I have made sure that the foundation I laid and the baton I have created will be handed over to the next Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development to continue this journey across the landscape of TT and I will fade very happily into the sunset.”
Baptiste-Primus entered the public service as a nurse and rose through the ranks of the trade union movement. She became the president of the Public Services Association.
After retirement and with the victory of the People’s National Movement in the 2015 general elections, she became the became a Senator and the Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development.