Show us the facts!

Call for full disclosure on CLICO and Sam Lord’s

Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley is demanding full disclosure from Government of its plans for Sam Lord’s Castle, St Philip, which the administration is in the process of compulsorily acquiring.

Mottley told the House of Assembly today that there were too many unanswered questions.

She suggested that the resolution was now being debated with a “level of haste and is unsupported by any concrete statement by the Minister of Tourism that can tell us exactly where this project is in the planning stages”.

“We have before us the notion that it should cost $200 million; we have before us the notion that the financing may come from the EXIM Bank of China,” Mottley said.

”Can the minister tell the country whether there are firm proposals in relation to the costing and whether these costings come as a result of settled plans and settled bills of quantity that have been prepared by the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc.? If so, who are the architects? Who are the quantity surveyors that have prepared the settled bills of quantity?

“If these have not been done yet, to what extent do they have comfort in the amount that is being requested of the Chinese EXIM Bank to know that is likely to be the final costing?”

In response, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy pointed out that it was still “fairly early in the planning cycle” for the project.

While rejecting suggestions that the Opposition was being mischievous, Mottley insisted that the public needs answers, not only in relation to the true status of Sam Lord’s Castle, but Clico’s investment there as well.

“If ever there was a case therefore for total transparency, for full information coming on the heels of everything else that has been done, it is in this respect,” she told the House, explaining that this was of particular concern in light of Government’s increased debt and its ability to service that debt.

“We don’t object in principle to the notion of facilitating investment in hotel plants but where we want to be satisfied [are] the details underpinning what this Government is proposing to do and we say so because what they commit the country to would not be borne by them individually or the Democratic Labour Party or even the Barbados Labour Party but the taxpayers.”

Mottley said further: “If the minister concedes that there is not yet sufficient finality in even the choice of architect or the choice of quantity surveyor then he ought to let the country know that the intention to acquire [the property] has not come as a result of a detailed cost benefit analysis that is in his possession.”

 

4 Responses to Show us the facts!

  1. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch August 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Will it get on the way like Four Seasons?

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  2. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley August 6, 2014 at 11:46 am

    All the jobs in China will not help Bajans in the long run if they don’t own the property. Haste makes waste. It is the right of the Bajan people to know what’s really going on with their ancestral lands. The previous gov sold out a lot of the land making it harder for locals to buy land.

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  3. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley August 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    It’s about that time to do what’s right for the future of the country and not just because!! Ya must ask questions to be wise.

    But on a serious note, any bet Mia will legalize herb and under Mia Barbados will become the First Nation in the Caribbean to legalize gay marriage. Just so you know!!

    Weed will bring in a huge income to the gov of Barbados and save them tons of $$$ in court cost. Mean to say, why continue to criminalize something that is heading for legalization anyway, just saying! Alcohol used to be illegal and has worst effects on the human mind, body, and soul than herb ever will.

    Plus look at all the extra income the gov and churches will make when all the GAY COUPLES IN THE Caribbean move to Barbados just to get marry and fulfill their Cinderella fantasy of living happily ever after.
    Something to think about, ehhhh!!!

    He he he!

    Reply
  4. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley August 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    It’s about that time to do what’s right for the future of the country and not just because!! Ya must ask questions to be wise.

    But on a serious note, any bet Mia will legalize herb and under Mia Barbados will become the First Nation in the Caribbean to legalize gay marriage. Just so you know!!

    Weed will bring in a huge income to the gov of Barbados and save them tons of $$$ in court cost. Mean to say, why continue to criminalize something that is heading for legalization anyway, just saying! Alcohol used to be illegal and has worst effects on the human mind, body, and soul than herb ever will.

    Plus look at all the extra income the gov and churches will make when all the GAY COUPLES IN THE Caribbean move to Barbados just to get marry and fulfill their Cinderella fantasy of living happily ever after.
    Something to think about, ehhhh!!!

    He he he!

    Reply

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