Newly appointed Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party Senator Aziza Lake says she plans on using the platform as a member of the Senate to bring to the forefront the concerns of the youths of the nation.
Lake, who is a Mid-Western University graduate with degree’s in Political Science and I.T Engineering, was officially welcomed unto the government’s side during a senators meeting on Wednesday.
She noted that her interest lies in politics as well as policy formation and added that she holds the view that more women should get involved in politics.
Speaking on her appointment during an interview on ZDK’s Open Forum on Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the 33 year old comes highly recommended.
Aziza Lake comes very qualified, she has two degrees and in addition to that very experience I understand she is one of the star workers at ABS…she was recommended to us by someone at ABS as a very progressive young lady who has the capacity to contribute at that level,” he said.
And the Prime Minister also commented on the basis of the decision of appointing Lake to the senate.
“I don’t want anyone to think that whatever her values may be and I’m not sure if she is necessarily a member of the LGBT community not am I concerned of her sexuality but what I do know and I have had this discussion with her that when it comes to our policy on issues of same sex and so on and she cannot independently make any determination as to what our policies will be.
We’re not asking them to rubber stamped, we ant them to think creatively and independently, we want heir inputs when drafting bills to parliament to ensure that they are inclusive in nature and they do not violate the constitutional rights of our people but when it comes to individuality, my government is a team government,” he noted.
Lake is a producer employed at state-owned media ABS, and was born and raised in the Graysfarm community. Her appointment took effect on February 3rd and will formally take her place when the Senate meets next Wednesday to debate the National Budget.