There has been immediate reaction in St. George’s to news that former head of the Agency for Rural Transformation (ART), Byron Campbell has been appointed as the new Manager for the government-aligned Market Access and Rural Enterprise Development Programme (MAREP).
“I suppose that everyone is entitled to be rewarded for his/ her efforts”, a former colleague of Campbell told THE NEW TODAY newspaper.
Campbell who is from the St. George North-west constituency of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell was considered a supporter of the ruling New National Party (NNP) in its first stint in government particularly between 1995 to 2003.
The Mitchell government had appointed him as Chairman of the board of Directors for one of its private banks at the time, RBTT.
In later years, Campbell allegedly gave support to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during its 2003-2008 term in the opposition and was one of the persons sitting on its Strategic committee for the July 2008 poll that the party won 11-4 against NNP.
Campbell was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Marketing & National Importing Board (MNIB) when Congress took office.
He was removed from the post by a former Congress Minister, now aligned with NNP, amidst reports that some farmers were not happy with an insurance contract awarded to a controversial figure in the industry.
Campbell’s downfall allegedly signalled the end of his tenure with Congress and an apparent return to the NNP fold.
According to the former colleague of the ART official, it would be interesting to see how the local TV network, CC6 would deal with him as the host of one of their programme.
He said of the appointment: “This should of course mean that Flow Television (cc6) would appreciate the necessity to remove him from the “You Decide” Program. As a government employee whose bread and butter would depend on the Government, he surely cannot be expected to challenge his bosses by asking difficult or inconvenient questions or questions which may prove to be embarrassing. This may put his job on the line. This raises the question whether the credibility of the show could be preserved while keeping him as the host. Time will Tell”.
Following is the text of the release from government on the appointment of Campbell to the top position in MAREP:
“ The Government of Grenada is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Byron Campbell as the new Programme Manager of the Market Access and Rural Enterprise Development Programme (MAREP).His appointment takes effect from September 16th, 2013.
Mr. Campbell brings a wealth of experience to the position having previously worked in management and in areas of rural, social and agricultural development for many years.
As Programme Manager, Mr. Campbell is charged with leading and expediting the implementation of MAREP so that this important Project can deliver tangible benefits to citizens, especially in the rural communities.
The Government of Grenada welcomes Mr. Campbell and wishes him every success in his new position”.