Upon celebrating 24 years as a Member of Parliament, Free National Movement (FNM) MP for Central Grand Bahama, Neko Grant shared his numerous accomplishments throughout his political career.
After revealing his decision to not offer himself for reelection next year, to the local media, Grant spoke about having a clear conscience with regards to what he has contributed to the community over the years.
“I am very pleased and proud of the personal accomplishments over the past 24 years in my Constituency,” he said.
According to Grant he was responsible for things such as ensuring that the residents of Royal Bahamian Estates, Mack Town, Hunters and Lewis Yard receive city water, the installation of street lights for the first time throughout the Constituency to the transformation and beautification of the Williams/Russell Town shoreline.
“The works are well documented,” he stated
Some of the projects completed by Grant in the Lucaya and Central Grand Bahama Constituencies include the construction of the C.A Smith building complex, and caused the construction of schools such as St. Georges High School and the Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School.
He was also responsible for the expansion of the Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School with an additional eight-classroom block.
“My Music Ministry is now celebrating its 20th Anniversary - the donation of musical instruments to churches, schools, marching bands and Junkanoo groups, have positively impacted the lives of thousands of youngsters. Marching bands in Exuma and Eleuthera have been beneficiaries of this project as well,” he said.
According to Grant schools in his constituency, St. Georges High and Sister Mary Patricia Junior High can boast of having the best Music Labs in the country.
He equipped them with 20 Yahama keyboards, one piano and 20 violins. Lewis Yard Primary was also presented with wind instruments and keyboards.
“I was also pleased to present computers to schools in my constituency. In the new fiscal year, focused attention will be given to the improvement and enhancement of recreational facilities throughout the constituency,” he said.
Grant acquired land in Bahama Terrace for a Community Park and constructed public restrooms on Williams Town Beach and re-constructed the road leading to Williams Town public cemetery; thereby providing ease of access to the monument of the Haitian Wreckage, which is a tourist attraction.
He also helped to improve the infrastructure of Williams Town and Russell Town by transforming the foreshore. He caused the street lighting to be improved in Williams Town and Russell Town, Mack Town, Hunters, Lewis Yard, and Pinder’s Point. It was because of him that street lights were installed in Seahorse Village, Royal Bahamian Estates, Mack Town, Hunters, and Lewis Yard.
During his political career, Grant served as chairman of the Grand Bahama Housing Commission from 1992-1997 and as chairman of the Bahamas Mortgage Corpor-ation from 2000-2002.
Following the election in 2007, Grant was appointed Minister of Tourism and Aviation for one year. In July 2008, he was appointed Minister of Public Works and Transport.
Grant stated that his service as Minister of Public Works was most rewarding, particularly because of the execution of his first road works contract in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, and Harbour Island in the amount of some $16 million.
Published Thursday, August 25, 2016