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Ministry of National Security building renamed in honor of Sir Orville

The Ministry of National Security building on John F. Kennedy Drive was officially renamed the Orville A. Turnquest Building.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that the renaming was a fitting honor for someone who dedicated his life to serving The Bahamas.

“As for those of you who will work in this building and walk these halls, may you follow the inspiration of Sir Orville, who remained steadfast in his commitment to our national good,” Minnis said.

“Our men and women in uniform represent the best of who we are.

“The decision to put one’s life on the line for country is an honorable vocation. May this new structure also stand as a testament to the dedication of generations of those who served in our armed branches.”

Sir Orville Turnquest, a former deputy prime minister and attorney general, served as the fifth governor general of an independent Bahamas.

“Like other freedom fighters, he lent his talents and energy to help to deepen and broaden our democracy,” Minnis said.

The building which houses the Ministry of National Security on John F. Kennedy Drive was yesterday renamed after former Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest.

“He made various sacrifices for the sake of country and the kind of country he wanted for all Bahamians. Through his dedicated public service, he inspired others, among them his children, including his son Tommy, who once served as minister of national security.”

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said the inauguration of the building was “faith and destiny”.

“This building is yet another demonstration as to why Hubert Minnis is the prime minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas today,” he said.

“After eight years of lots of pain and heartache and struggles, we’re able to come here today to honor a Bahamian patriot [and] to officially open this building after eight years. That’s leadership.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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