Message from the Chairman Statutory Authorities Service Commission

On the occasion of Public Service Day 2019


It is an honour for me, a seasoned public officer and Chairman of the Statutory Authorities Service Commission (SASC), to extend congratulations to the Public Officers of Trinidad and Tobago and all countries of the world on the occasion of Public Service Day 2019.


June 23, annually has been declared by the United Nations as Public Service Day and has been celebrated by member states since 2003. The purpose for setting aside this day was to provide an opportunity to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlights the contribution of public service in the development process; recognizes the work of public servants, and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector.


The UN highlighted the following:

1.     No nation runs without the constant and determined work of the people who live there and strive every day with a sense of service to the public. While not everyone serves this purpose, those who do are notable for their dedication, and the changes their efforts make in our lives every day. Public Service Day reminds us of the importance of public service, and the people who dedicate themselves every day to the success of their nation.”


2.     “To engage in public service is to work to improve fundamental human rights, such as access to water, homes, and medical treatment. Those who work with Volunteer Fire Departments and Ambulance Corps are involved in providing services like these, and aiding the security of our homes and ourselves every day. Without them, our cities and towns would not be nearly as safe, and there would be no one to respond when danger calls.”


Today, I would want to especially single out the management and staff of the SASC, they are a group of public officers who strive to be true to the spirit of public service and I feel honoured to be working with them.  On behalf of the Commission, I send special congratulation to the staff of the SASC on the occasion of Public Service Day 2019.


I leave you with this quote by Margaret Chase Smith

“Public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation.