“BARBADOS ADRIFT”#2 PRESS CONFERENCE WITH HON MIA AMOR MOTTLEY Q.C., M.P. LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION & POLITICAL LEADER OF THE BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY
In respect of the NHC, serious issues have been placed in the public domain by the former Chairman. Rather than having these matters addressed, the normally talkative Minister has not opened his mouth to utter a single comment, not even in the debate on Housing in Parliament last Tuesday. Instead, an unnamed source has sought to change the debate by attacking the former Chairman personally on decisions taken months ago.
This vilification of persons who speak out or offer a different opinion to that of the government MUST stop.
The Minster has a duty to answer the serious charges laid against him by the former Chairman — whom he appointed. Contempt is being displayed for the public and the public’s right to be given the full facts surrounding the Minister’s role and the issuing of contracts by the NHC. This government promised full transparency and accountability in their Manifesto and a new Freedom of Information Act.
I have submitted a private member’s resolution to ask the House of Assembly to refer the matters pertaining to the award of contracts at the NHC between December 2008 and July 31st, 2010 to the Public Accounts Committee pursuant to Section 7(e) of the Public Accounts Committee Act in the interest of achieving full transparency and accountability.
What are the arrangements with the Jada Group (Housing Concepts) and the NHC at Coverley and Country Road? Who carries the risk if the zero lot line houses are not sold? Did the NHC sell the land to the Jada Group (Housing Concepts) at Coverley for $3.00 per square foot while boasting about wanting to sell lots to poor and low income Barbadians for $5.00 per square foot? Did any of the Jada Group of companies pay for and/or apply for the Planning Permission for the units to be constructed at Valerie? Have there been discussions with the Jada group in respect of the more than 1000 houses to be built at Bushy Park? Why is there no contract in place with Clico for the housing project with the NHC at Constant? There are more questions than answers!
Barbadians are being made the victim of this absolute lack of leadership from these Ministers and the Acting Prime Minister. People are now asking who is in charge of these Ministries — not only who is in charge at the Ministry of Finance.
The country accepts that Prime Minister Thompson is unwell but they expect his Cabinet to step up to the crease. It is time for Freundel Stuart to face the Barbadian public and provide leadership as he was given the authority to do during these 2 months. Mr. Stuart, give the country the calm assurance that there is a Government in charge of the affairs of the country, and particularly at this time, with the discomfiting state of affairs at the QEH.