December 6, 2020
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the Prime Minister’s announcement of Desmond Bannister as Deputy Prime Minister:
“Prime Minister Minnis’ announcement appointing Carmichael MP Desmond Bannister as Deputy Prime Minister demonstrates the FNM’s continued commitment to populating the Government with leaders focused on serving the people. Bannister’s dignity and relentless effort to solve problems is well known. He will make an excellent governing partner to our Prime Minister.
“Bannister has demonstrated his strong leadership as a steady hand with a measured temperament working for and on behalf of the people. His boundless determination working to resolve decades-long problems that plagued BPL shows his skill and commitment to tackling challenges while getting results. Because of his leadership, load-shedding has been eliminated and BPL is now better equipped to produce more affordable, cleaner and reliable energy for generations to come.
“As Minister of Public Works, Bannister’s leadership didn’t begin or end with his efforts to drastically improve BPL. His vision and foresight to engage in needed construction and renovation efforts across the country show he understands the importance of building a better Bahamas.
“As Minister of Public Works, Bannister led and oversaw a host of infrastructure developments:
· Reconstruction of the of Bulkhead Government Dock and New Dock at Clifton Pier
· Replacement of the Government Dock in Barraterre, Exuma
· Construction of the Port Nelson Dock at Rum Cay
· Stabilization of the Coast Road in Elbow Cay, Abaco that had deteriorated
· Replacement of Newton Cay Bridge, Long Island
· Construction on the Smith Point Seawall, Grand Bahama
· Repaired the Glass Window Bridge, Eleuthera
· Construction the new Fishing Hole Road Causeway Project
· Repairs and Renovations to the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre in Grand Bahama
· Demolition of the Clarence Bain Building
· Construction of the South Andros Gym, which is nearing completion
“DPM Bannister received his LLB degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados and completed his Legal Education Certificate at the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica. He was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1988, and served as Crown Counsel in the Office of The Attorney General between 1988 and 1991. DPM Bannister has served as a part-time lecturer for The Bahamas Bar, at the Bahamas Institute of Bankers and The College of The Bahamas, as well as having previously served as Stipendiary & Circuit Magistrate.
“DPM Bannister began his career in public service in 2002 as a member of the Senate and was elected to the House of Assembly in the 2007 General Election, representing the Carmichael constituency. He coincidingly serves as Minister of Public Works.
“Throughout his time in public office, Bannister has shown he’s not afraid to make the tough, yet necessary, decisions to position The Bahamas for a better tomorrow. He will be an excellent partner and leadership complement to the Prime Minister.”