Minister criticizes poor maintenance of buildings

Health Minister John Boyce has accused both political parties of neglecting buildings across the island until they have fallen into a state of disrepair.

Boyce made the charge in his address to the opening of the 39th Oistins Fish Festival yesterday.

“This, however, has been a feature of our governments in that we tend not to be able to take care of our buildings and our property in the way that we should to maintain them in good order for the uses.

“Too often we allow our buildings to decay around us and then have to look for millions of dollars to build replacements, and it is very expensive,” Boyce said.

The parliamentary representative for the Christ Church South constituency that includes Oistins, then narrowed his focus to the fish processing and selling facilities in the area.

“The fish market conditions are not as satisfactory, or not as well-maintained as they should be. And the problem stems from the need for infrastructural improvements as well as regular maintenance of a facility,” he said.

Boyce added that he recognizes his task is to work with the various government agencies such as the Fisheries Division and the Ministries of Finance and Tourism, to identify the resources to undertake the repair works.

17 Responses to Minister criticizes poor maintenance of buildings

  1. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf March 27, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Captain Obvious showing at the cinema as well I see.

  2. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock March 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Mister minister, government doesn’t budget for maintainance of it’s properties, I’ve already touch on that years ago.

  3. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner March 28, 2016 at 1:10 am

    What about maintenance of the roads in the area of the animal flower cave in st. Lucy

    • Horace Boyce March 28, 2016 at 11:18 am

      D man at d Animal Flower Cave aint putting forward no fight for himself any way dem start paving from Hope Road since last week

    • Ike Turner
      Ike Turner March 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Pave or just pitting down marl too keep people quiet until the rain wash it away

  4. Alva Hope
    Alva Hope March 28, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Well one TRUE statement.

  5. jrsmith March 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Without fear is this minister trying to display some form of being honest or he has woken up with a serious hangover. He has left out the real fact , Barbados’s infrastructure is in bad, bad shape after decade after decade of neglect. I would suggest to him seeing if he could corral his government and wake them up to get they fingers out and start doing something for the benefit of the people of Barbados..

    Surprisingly he never used climate change as for the excuse which has become a habit by bajan and the politicians in the region.
    To take a serious look at the political infrastructure of Barbados ,its so top heavy ,we could get rid of 30% of our political persons.. as for Oistin’s restructure the political set up and give (Oistin’s a Mayor )( Bridgetown a Mayor )( and speightown and hole town the same ..

  6. Tony Webster March 28, 2016 at 6:07 am

    From a health perspective: putrid; not fit for consumption.
    From a political persective, the tactic is confound and confuse. The Min. Health sez buildings maintenance is poor-to-shameful…something NOt in his old portfolio, of M.T.W. Yet at least three-four Ministers, and a cupple Senators , sez last two weeks that “We have done well”…on de right path, and other associated crap.

    Well, I got news for all of them: We got brains; brains does help us remember; rationalise; anaylse, and come to our own conclusion. This conclusion …folks…does NOT have you in de picture.
    Lemme bring it down for yuh: naughty trildren does get spanked; sometimes, for egregious behaviour… WHACKED.

  7. Graham B Bannister
    Graham B Bannister March 28, 2016 at 7:23 am

    How about the crazy anniversary celebrations.. there is $7million right there to use for building maintenance

  8. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria March 28, 2016 at 8:08 am

    He mean buildings like the hospital? I guess we paying DEM tens of thousands of dollars in salary every month just to talk about issues, cause you don’t ever see said issues being fixed.
    No worries, what sweet in the goat mouth does burn he in he…..

  9. harry turnover March 28, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Name those buildings that were in poor shape in 2008 and stop trying to include the last Administration in the present Administration neglect.
    The DLP was in power since 2008 so they must take 90% of the blame.
    After the Sandiford era,everything was in a mess and Arthur and company brought the Country back on its feet without complaining.

  10. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes March 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

    He states that he recognizes his task. Now do it, yeesh.

  11. seagul March 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Whether DLP or BLP, they’re all in it just for the party so we can forget the political hacking because since the last few decades the collective people are worst off. Many of the people hold the mainstream politicians in contempt but not enough…the majority of these agents are looting the pockets of the masses in parliamentary expenses. We have systemic failure in the Caribbean. The politicians should’ve been on trial long ago…They all accept that the masses of the people should pay for the mistakes and crimes of the rich and powerful….its time to Rise.

  12. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    You know it is elections when politicians start to turn to what little conscience they have left. So, Mr. Minister, do not make this out to be some new discovery. Subsequent governments included yours are not interested in maintenance. There is no profit in maintenance when you are fixed and focus on project development. So it is best to let a building run down until its maintenance can graduate to restoration or redevelopment expenses. That is where large sums can be argued for since there is more justification to argue for the millions that would be needed to make it right again. After all, you can hide a lot of things in tens of millions then you can hide in just a few million.

  13. Loretta Griffith March 29, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I have already said there are 30 constituencies and the national cake should be divided among each. No one minister or ministers should be allowed to treat taxpayers money as though it’s their petty cash.
    We all should have proper roads, exceptional health service and all other amenities. We are all taxpayers not beggars.
    I personally do not like the direction in which this country is heading. It seems to be falling apart at a radical space.
    May God have me you oh call of us

  14. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 29, 2016 at 9:06 am

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