Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM) and MP for East Grand Bahama, issued the following statement on what he termed the PLP (Progressive Liberal Party) Government’s dark disconnect with Hurricane Relief Effort.
Following is Turnquest’s statement in its entirety.
“The PLP Government’s Minster handpicked by Prime Minister (Perry) Christie to head national hurricane relief efforts, Shane Gibson, stated recently among other questionable things, that the Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville has spent near or over one million dollars on clean-up on Grand Bahama Island within weeks since the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. This is further evidence of this Government’s reckless disregard for transparency when it comes to the people’s monies. While there is no attempt here to politicize the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew, I, and by extension the Free National Movement, hold a sacred obligation to the residents of Grand Bahama and the wider Bahamas to assure a detailed account of funds being handled on their behalf. Needless to say, Ministers Gibson and Darville must understand the international implications. Countries and groups from around the world are also pledging significant support to our nation’s relief efforts.”
“I call on Minister Darville to publicly outline what he has spent and in what areas. Not surprising, this government has yet to offer a comprehensive and transparent plan to execute its hurricane relief efforts. While hundreds of Bahamians impacted by the storm continue to complain about being ignored or bypassed for political reasons, we commend civil servants, civic clubs, community groups and corporate Bahamas for all their respective initiatives. The government must now offer clear cut details inclusive of where funds are being distributed.
“There is an obvious disconnect between Ministers Gibson and Darville, Prime Minister Christie and those persons impacted by Hurricane Matthew. There is seemingly an intentional attempt on the part of this inept government to collect checks, spend where and with whom they wish and keep the people of The Bahamas in the dark. Hurricane Season is an annual event in The Bahamas. Some seasons far more active than others. A newly elected FNM Government will ensure a strategic national emergency plan and will at all times be accountable to the Bahamian people.”
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016