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No fix!

Inniss says UCAL was a mistake from start

The agreement between the Transport Board and its mechanical contractor United Commercial Autoworks Limited (UCAL) was today described by Government minister Donville Inniss as an “experiment gone bad”.

Inniss, who is the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, also insisted that the time had come for Government to seriously consider other options for having the Transport Board’s buses repaired and maintained.

Speaking in the House of Assembly during debate on the 2016/2017 Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue, Inniss argued that UCAL was an albatross hanging from the State’s neck.

“I am deeply concerned that UCAL is an experiment gone bad. As a matter of fact, I submit that it was a bad mistake from day one,” he said.

The outspoken minister said UCAL’s stakeholders had been “fooled into believing that they had some great stake in the ownership of some great entity that would transform public transportation and would make the Transport Board far more efficient, and that also would go out there and compete like a private enterprise.”

However, Inniss said UCAL continued to drain Government of millions of dollars annually.

Referring to it as a “dismal failure”, he said Government needed to look at whether it could continue to support UCAL.

“So effectively what we’ve had is the mechanical workshop of the Transport Board being spun off, but still being totally financed; salaries, wages, spare parts, vacation leave, sick leave and even board of director fees, all still being paid by the taxpayers of Barbados,” Inniss lamented.

“It has been a dismal failure and I say this because when I hear people talk about Transport Board and owing money to UCAL and pay more money to UCAL, understand this, UCAL has not worked,” Inniss said.

“What I know from the documents that I have seen come before me as a minister, is that I am not impressed with it at all, and the State will have to determine whether it is an entity that can continue as it is currently structured and financed, or is there a way for it to be made more independent. “Or are we going to simply accept that we will have to find millions of dollars every year to keep that entity going, whilst at the same time looking to get the buses fixed by others who may certainly have greater skills . . .” Inniss added.

9 Responses to No fix!

  1. Tony Webster March 18, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Yep….anudder potty…full to de brim…that needs to “looking into”. Minister Inniss….we have a whole warehouse of potties…what we need is a bunch of competent potty-cleaners.

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 18, 2016 at 5:25 am

    ”However, Inniss said UCAL continued to drain Government of millions of dollars annually.”

    Is that how Dennis Lowe and Michael Lashley got their free cars?

  3. jrsmith March 18, 2016 at 5:29 am

    We would be better off been govern by Westminster.. we have a bunch of wankers…

    • Carson C Cadogan March 18, 2016 at 7:32 am

      All you have to do is to relocate to England, but I or other sensible Bajans wont be joining you. You sound like the Israelites who wanted to return to Egypt after being freed by Moses.

  4. jrsmith March 18, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Serve you people right, the (what ever hits the fan) back fires on the govern ,you all think you all are smart. Bajans for Barbados. Right now fix the crap you all have drop our island in.

    This priminister just cant go on this, try this ,try that and hope something works , if he knows what he is doing ,he needs to reshuffle his cabinet..NOW..

  5. BaJan boy March 18, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Minister seem to making a case for more Government vehicles to go to the Kendal Hill round about so that more of them can their cars free to. They are six new high end ones so far plus the ones who get theirs repair free so everything is wrong with UCAL cause no kick backs are coming from there..

    • Carson C Cadogan March 18, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Admit it. UCAL has not been cutting it for a long time.

  6. jrsmith March 18, 2016 at 8:38 am

    @, Carson C Cadogan, hail hail, you a lot of bajans who is frighten to speak up ,wouldn’t admit to the same.. but for me you keep all that Israelites Egyptian Moses nonsense to your self…

  7. seagul March 18, 2016 at 10:50 am

    The Barbadian economy continues to face major challenges, including low growth, a very large fiscal deficit and a high debt burden. Real GDP is expected to decline by 0.6 percent this year, as slightly stronger tourism activity is offset by the impact of the government’s deficit reduction efforts. Inflation is expected to remain subdued and private sector credit growth weak. The unemployment rates will continue to rise. These are the times…..


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