Govt has no money – Abrahams
Government is so broke that it cannot afford to pay for removal of overflowing garbage skips, or to shell out cash for the fabrication of bicycle licence plates, Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Senator Wilfred Abrahams has charged.
The BLP candidate for Christ Church East told branch members at a meeting last night that Government was not living up to its payment obligations to skip removal and licence plate-making contractors because the state had no funds.
He claimed that Government owned some garbage skips, but for the most part it relied on contractors to provide these receptacles at strategic points and remove them when full.
“The reason the people are not collecting the skips is because the Government owes those people so much money and they [contractors] say that they are not providing the skips,” he told supporters at St Christopher Primary School.
Abrahams said that media exposure sometimes jolted the administration into action, and cited as a example an overflowing skip reported in the Barbados TODAY August 24 edition, in which he commented of the island’s garbage disposal situation.
He said that container was removed the following day because the publicity prompted “somebody go and beg somebody, or makes a promise to pay, or pay some money to get that skip picked up”.
The BLP hopeful also promised to highlight every overflowing skip.
“If you see a skip and it full, call me. I coming with my camera, and I would expose it and it would get cleared,” he told party faithful.
Turning his attention to the licence plate for a new replacement bicycle, Abrahams said he was forced to seek his licence at Oistins because the Licensing Centre in the Pine had none.
The senator added that he was unable to secure plates denoting either his Christ Church East caretaker constituency or St Michael where he resides.
“My bicycle licence plate now has G for St George,” he said, explaining the he had to settle for that one because, “I had the option of ‘G’ for St George, or ‘O’ for St Joseph, or ‘L’ for St Lucy, because those were the only parishes for which they still had licences plates”.
He said shortage was, “because they wouldn’t pay the man who makes them, that little triangle of aluminium of red and white paint.
“The man has stopped making the plates for the Licensing Authority because they owe him money.
“Imagine our Government is not paying a man who makes licence plates,” he said. “That is an economy in trouble.”