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REMARKS BY THE RIGHT HON. HUBERT A. INGRAHAM
FNM PRAYER BREAKFAST
I want to thank all of you for joining with us this morning to give thanks and to pray for God’s guidance.
It is fitting that we begin our 2009 Convention by seeking the Lord’s guidance as we fulfill the mandate to govern given to us by the people.
We in the FNM are bound by the great faith and belief that all is possible through Christ, who is our strength. The word of God admonishes us, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thy own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.”
We meet at a time of tremendous economic hardship for many in our country and around the world. The global economic crisis has become very personal to nearly all of us. The fallout from economic failures in the developed world has meant decreased tourists arrivals and hence decreased tourism expenditures in our economy. This has dramatically reduced economic activity, business failures, increased numbers of unemployed persons and financial hardship for many persons. Yes, many of our people are hurting for these are tough times for many.
We meet at a time when violence continues to mar the lives of far too many of our people, particularly our young people.
It is appropriate therefore that we gather together to pray and to ask for God’s help and guidance as we seek to lead our people and to bring relief to those most in need.
Bolstered by our faith in God and strengthened by the wisdom of our past experience, we are moving deliberately to bring relief to the many that are hurting.
Assistance has been planned and is being delivered on many fronts – through a $12 million increase in Government’s assistance programmes managed through the Department of Social Services, through BEC’s electricity relief programme, through jobs creation initiatives, through the introduction of the unemployment benefit scheme and through the enactment of legislation for the introduction of the Prescription Drug Programme.
Through these programmes and initiatives we seek to live out God’s admonition to us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care for the orphaned.
Still, there remain forces that oppose us; those who would take delight if we were not to succeed in making life better for our people in need.
We are not discouraged by ill will toward us. We stand firm and ready to face and overcome the challenges, to make difficult decisions and to provide the leadership so seriously necessary in tough economic times.
As we move ahead to fulfill our commitments and our promises to the Bahamian people we are resolved that we shall not be moved by unfounded attacks. Though others seek to distract us, we shall not be moved. Though they criticize us, we shall not be moved. Whatever comes our way, we shall not be moved.
I ask you to pray for Our Lord’s continued guidance for all of us but very particularly for those of us charged with providing good, responsive, accountable and compassionate government for the people.
And I ask that you join me in prayer that He give us the strength and vigour to continue to lift high the Torch of the Free National Movement, that symbol of social, political and economic justice in our Bahamaland
God bless you.