$80m. road stimulus starting soon

estimates2013michaellashleyGovernment’s $80 million road and infrastructure stimulus package should “get going very shortly”.

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley, who will have ministerial responsibility for the initiative, told the House of Assembly yesterday that it’s undertaking via a Public Private Partnership model would bring relief to a number of Barbadians. Speaking during the Estimates Debate, the St. Philip North MP said parishes benefitting included St. Lucy, St. George, St. John, St. Philip, St. Andrew, St. Joseph.

“We have to continue working up there and that is why the Minister (of Finance) has mentioned that PPP package that we hope to get going very shortly, obviously to provide more stimulus to the economy,” he said.

Lashley also brushed off Opposition Barbados Labour Party criticisms of Government’s first term and plans announced for the second term.

He said he believed the Democratic Labour Party Administration had performed well against considerable odds.

“We have come through the challenges. International economies have suffered and we through hard work, dedication and commitment and love and care for the people of Barbados have steered this ship through those stormy waters and we have done it successfully,” he said.

“We have protected the vulnerable, we have protected the public servants, the Ministry of Social Care is still working and still providing welfare benefits, it is not like the past, Mr. Speaker, when the former administration refused to spend all of the money that was allotted to them in terms of welfare benefits.”

The minister also urged the BLP to face reality which, according to him, was their thorough rejection at the polls last month.

“Certainly, Mr. Speaker, … if you listen to the Opposition you would believe that Barbados is no longer in existence, and in fact on February 21 the jury returned their verdict in favour of the Democratic Labour Party and you all must realise that and stop dreaming,” he said.

“They accept the programmes, they accepted the case put by the Democratic Labour Party and rejected the case put by the Barbados Labour Party and still speaker after speaker lamenting. The electorate they have confidence in the programmes as set out by the Democratic Labour Party and we have a mandate to continue.” (SC)

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