Submitted by Anthony Davis
A Government programme to relocate residents of White Hill, St. Andrew has stalled due to a lack of funds. The area has been affected by road slippage, made worse by a massive land slide last November which caused the collapse of a large section of the road.
Minister of Housing Denis Kellman said today that five households had been moved. However, he told Barbados TODAY the project stalled when the money ran out – Barbados Today 7 August 2015
This “people-centred Government” has no lust to aid the poor, the needy and the vulnerable whatsoever. Sandals is enjoying the sweetest deal any private sector entity could ever want. It can still offer it’s rooms at a much better rate in the most expensive country in the world. However, it is set to give a waste of energy firm a much better one with decades of free water, and various waivers and tax exemptions. Barbados is such a water scarce country that the BWA has to be shutting down pumping stations because of a lack of water in them, and these ministers have given some company not only the right to drill for water whenever it feels like, but to have that water free for 30 years.
Can anyone imagine how much he/she can save if he/she doesn’t have to pay for water for 30 years? One could have 20 trucks and wash them twice daily because the water is free.
Also, they have the right to drill anywhere on the free land which is included. I shudder to think what would happen because of the constant drilling. There are people whose water is turned off as soon as they owe the BWA five cents, but they can give it away to some company which would more than likely put our lives in danger when it runs out of garbage which it can burn in Barbados and starts importing other people’s.
Will the four ministers who signed the MOU pay for the clean up when something out of the way happens? Scotland just had to shut down one because it caught fire. I note that a professor from Grenada is saying that this plant may not be a bad thing and Barbados can go along with it. He can keep his advice, because he does not live here. We will have to bear the burden, which none of the four ministers, who signed on our behalf, will have to do either. They have the wherewithal to hop onto the next plane and leave the island. The money – from our taxes – should be put to better use for the continuation of such projects and paying people their due for whatever they have not been receiving as it is their right to receive it after their money was taken out by the NIS.
A report on page 6 of the same issue mentioned above has the headline: “Demands on charity rising ECONOMIC SITUATION MAKING IT HARD FOR FAMILIES IN NEED” and the first paragraph reads: “An increasing number of Barbadians who have fallen on hard times are turning to charitable organizations for assistance to get their children ready for the new school year next month.”
This will certainly be of no interest to the tax man in the most expensive country in the world. He is probably dreaming up some other willy-nilly tax already.
Only foreign entities can spend our taxes!
They get whatever they want free of cost!
How generous these ministers in this “people-centred Government” are with our taxes!
All we get are promises, with this or that being about to start “soon” or be legislated “soon”!