Vince Ingham and Diallo Rabain are sworn in as PLP Senators
Bermuda’s two political newcomers have vowed to use their engineering backgrounds to “solve problems and get things done”. He said: “I want to bring back Bermuda’s community spirit which we all grew up knowing and loving.
Diallo Rabain and Vincent Ingham, who are both professional engineers, were yesterday sworn in as Junior Ministers at a ceremony at Government House.
Sir Richard Gozney formerly announced Senator Rabain as Junior Minister of Education and Youth, Families and Sport and Senator Ingham as Junior Minister of Business Development and Tourism, Health and Public Works.
They replace LaVerne Furbert and Cromwell Shakir who have been dropped from the Senate after just a year.
Sen Rabain said he was “very excited” and looking forward to “doing the work of the people”.
“I am hoping Bermuda can move forward in a positive sense.
“I am in this with all my fellow Bermudians and I look forward to making the Island a better place”.
Sen Rabain, who has a degree in electronic engineering technology, worked for Works and Engineering for six years before becoming a founding partner of CompuCAD Training & Service.
He is a past president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, an executive member of the Harrington Workman’s Club, a former member of the Bermuda Police Reserve and has served on numerous Government Boards including The Ministry of Education Board, National Training Board and Road Safety Council.
Sen Rabain said he saw his new appointment as a “natural progression” of his community service, which had “started local and now gone national”.
Sen Rabain was watched by his wife Letitia and 21-month-old daughter Layla. He said becoming a father had inspired him to “make a difference” for Bermuda’s future generations.
Sen Rabain also said his family had “kept me grounded and given me community spirit”.
Sen Ingham said it was an honour to have been selected to serve his country and vowed to come up with “new and fresh solutions” to the Island’s issues.
The professional engineer said: “Now we have two engineers we are well on our way. Everyone knows engineers are the best problem-solvers in the world.
“We know how to get things done and we will get things done”.
Sen Ingham, who has a mechanical engineering degree and a Masters in Business Administration, is president and CEO of the Ascendant Group, which incorporates BELCO.
He was also the first chairman of the Bermuda Land Development Company and has served on the Government Employment Tribunal and the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce. He also currently serves as deputy chairman of the Board of Education and Board of Tourism.
Sen Ingham, who retires from BELCO in March after more than 30 years, said: “This is not what I had on the agenda.
“I had great retirement plans, but having said that I’ve always had a passion for being part of the leadership of Bermuda”.
He added: “It’s a very humbling experience to be given the opportunity to serve the Island at this level. It’s something that I am looking forward to doing”.
Both Senators shook Premier Paula Cox’s hand and kissed her immediately after they had taken their oaths and signed on the dotted line.
The Premier then gave a short speech saying it gave her “tremendous pleasure and pride” to welcome the two Senators to help move Bermuda forward.
Ms Cox said Sen Rabain had told her that there was “no higher calling than to serve for one’s community”. She praised his “passion for community service” and highlighted his consistent contribution to the community as a volunteer.
Ms Cox said Sen Ingham was “passionate about making a difference in the community” highlighting how he had dedicated much of his personal time to local organisations. She also praised his forward thinking and leadership.
Ms Cox also acknowledged Ms Furbert and Mr Shakir’s contribution to the Senate over the last year saying they “had a passion for Bermuda and took to their responsibilities with energy and enthusiasm”.
Sen’s Rabain and Ingham will serve in the PLP’s Senate team alongside Attorney General Kim Wilson and Senators David Burt and Jonathan Smith.
Deputy Premier Derrick Burgess, Attorney General Kim Wilson, Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert, Community Development Minister Michael Weeks, Youth, Families and Sport Minister Glenn Blakeney, Senator David Burt and PLP chairman Anthony Santucci were also at the swearing-in ceremony.