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Lowe back on the job

The minister responsible for the troubled Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) will address developments at the state-owned agency by weekend.

Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe, who returned to work yesterday following illness, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that before commenting on the situation he would first have to be fully apprised.

“I am just back out to work two days, so I still have to have the necessary meetings to ascertain accurately what is going on with that,” Lowe said.

Private waste haulers started collecting garbage in four parishes yesterday after agreeing a six-month plan to take over part of the duties of SSA workers.  The outsourcing plan, which will cost Government about $5 million, is receiving a strong backlash from various quarters, including the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), the National Union of Public Workers and social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong.

Dr Lowe, who was hospitalized last month with an undisclosed ailment, spent part of his second day back at his Tower Number 2 Warrens Office Complex today.

In December 2010, the minister was also admitted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) until late January of the following year.  The nature of his illness was also not revealed to the public. Asked this afternoon how he felt, Lowe replied: “I’m good, thank you.”

3 Responses to Lowe back on the job

  1. Natalie Murray October 11, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    What is shameful – it appears as though the person or persons who brought in those green garbage trucks that was in the port had an idea that outsourcing was on the cards.

    THE NUPW IS A SOCIAL PARTNER – a meeting was just convene by the PM and not one word on this six month contract.

    Shameful – The current government said there will be no privatisation.

    Shameful – bajans somehow do not see the implications for them.

  2. BIG SKY October 12, 2016 at 7:28 am

    This Government has F#@K with all the essentials WATER,HEALTH,SANITATION & EDUCATION.

  3. eddy murray October 12, 2016 at 8:31 am

    The government had no choice, but to used the private truckers after the last down grade. The 2% will have go towards the servicing of the loans. The millions that to buy trucks have be put on hold.


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