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Clarke hails work of Derrick Dyer

Tuesday, May 06, 2014    

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AGRICULTURE Minister Roger Clarke yesterday described the late former permanent secretary in the ministry, Derrick Dyer as a stalwart public servant who served his country well.

"... We wish to join his immediate family in celebrating his life, reflect on his achievements and his contribution, even as we mourn his loss. We join them also in taking comfort from the knowledge that the God who created us all is with us in this period of bereavement," Clarke said in a statement.

"As we reflect on the life of Mr Dyer, we recall with gratitude and pride his distinguished service to the agricultural sector across the political divide, having served under at least five ministers of agriculture, inclusive of one minister of rural land development. The efficiency and effectiveness with which he stewarded the plans, projects and programmes of the ministry has left an indelible mark of achievement worthy of emulation by succeeding generations of public servants," Clarke said of Dyer, who passed away late last month.

Added Clarke: "Derrick Dyer's life was a life of service and of love expressed through his commitment to the various roles he played. He was a family man, an executive, a leader, a civil servant par excellence and a true Jamaican patriot. His exemplary life will remain a model for others to emulate as we continue our task of nation building."

In addition to the Ministry of Agriculture, Dyer served as conservator of forests; permanent secretary for the ministries of rural land development; works, public utilities and transport, and tourism.

Between 1987 and 1989 Dyer served as the executive director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, where he was acclaimed as a leader of great distinction. On his return to Jamaica he served as chief executive officer of the Jamaica Public Service Company.

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