Dr. Sands takes seat in Senate
The country’s newest senator, Dr. Duane Sands, took his seat in the Upper Chamber yesterday, one day after he received his instruments and letters of appointment from Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes.
“I can certainly say that I understand the daunting task ahead as we build this country and as we seek to correct some of the challenges faced. I am truly humbled and honored to be a part of this place. I look forward to making meaningful contributions. I look forward to spirited discussions,”he said.
Dr. Sands replaced Johnley Ferguson who resigned from the Senate last month. Ferguson has taken up a position as consultant to the government in the Department of Lands and Local Government.
Just over a year ago, Dr. Sands, the then Free National Movement(FNM)candidate, lost the Elizabeth by-election to Progressive Liberal Party candidate Ryan Pinder.
He was welcomed to the Upper Chamber by Senate President Lynn Holowesko.
“You have proven yourself in your chosen profession and it is up to you to prove yourself in this place. I know you are up to the task,”she said.
“We are a group that is very congenial and we do have mutual respect for each other even though we need to be reminded of it sometimes.”
Dr. Sands was also welcomed by Government Senate Leader Dion Foulkes.
“Dr. Sands shares our vision for a better Bahamas. He ascribes to our philosophy of responsibility, accountable government and is committed to giving national service to the Bahamian people. He is a representative of a new generation, a successful generation of Bahamian professionals who are eager to give back to our country and who have identified with the FNM vision for a good governance and progressive development,”said Foulkes.
Dr. Sands is currently chairman of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation.