Heads should roll, says Minister Inniss

Top management of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) should be fired, says outspoken Government minister Donville Inniss.

Donville Inniss
Donville Inniss

Commenting on this week’s announcement by the NIS that the disbursement of all benefits, including pensions, would be delayed due to a computer hardware malfunction, the Minister of Industry, Commerce, International Business and Small Business Development said the situation amounted to nothing short of a “fiasco” and persons should be held accountable.
“I cannot sit here and make any excuses for the National Insurance Department. What I will tell you though, [is] that my personal opinion is that a fiasco like what happened at National Insurance should merit heads there rolling to some extent but that is their issue that they would have to decide on,” he told reporters during a Press conference at his office today.

While noting that the delay in the pension payments had its roots in a computer system, Inniss also pointed out that information communication technology (ICT) had a pivotal role to play in driving the country forward.

“So we can’t be distracted by what may have happened elsewhere occasionally and say that that would serve as the norm going forward,” he said.

“From the state’s end, we will continue to roll out ICT,” he added.

His comments come in the wake of concerns raised by president of the the Barbados Association of Retired Persons Ed Bushell that the “long” delay would be devastating to thousands of pensioners, especially the many who relied on it as their only source of income.

However, Director of the NIS Ian Carrington has since promised that pensioners’ cheques should be in the mail by the end of next week, and not longer as initially stated, if all goes according to plan.

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14 Responses to Heads should roll, says Minister Inniss

  1. Denton Crichlow
    Denton Crichlow October 4, 2014 at 12:39 am

    If dem say heads will roll, lookout for the same persons to be promoted

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  2. David Bowen
    David Bowen October 4, 2014 at 12:39 am

    So too should top management of the government….

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  3. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 4, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Oh Lord. Looka trouble.

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  4. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 4, 2014 at 1:31 am

    pm said head should roll he like he cant find those heads so i guess i put this in same group cause i think this is pm ministry

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  5. Nicksie No Regrets Clarke
    Nicksie No Regrets Clarke October 4, 2014 at 1:47 am

    All of DEM heads should roll

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  6. Beverley St John
    Beverley St John October 4, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Heads should have been rolling now since 6 plus years ago and yours should be one of the first to have rolled! the first to roll! Stupse!

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  7. Adam Shaw October 4, 2014 at 3:47 am

    So… Just Goes To Show That All These People With a B.s.c’s In Computer Science… Is Not Worth The Paper It Is Written On…
    Maybe I Could Help… I Am Good With Computers… But I Would Need To Be Paid After The Job Is Done.

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  8. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype October 4, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Imagine putting the SOLE blame on a computer system that cannot speak for itself when retrenchment workers still can’t also get their money from the same NIS. But no computer is being blamed for this one… *sips tea*

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  9. RM October 4, 2014 at 5:37 am

    I not hearing a thing from government about my income tax. Talk about that too Donville…

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  10. Antonio A Antonio
    Antonio A Antonio October 4, 2014 at 5:58 am

    THE FIRST HEAD SHOULD ROLL IS YOURS PEOPLE OUT THERE STRUGGLING AND YOU PELTING BLAME AND GAINING WEIGHT LOOK AT YOUR FACE SENSE YOU LIVING BIG I HOPE BAJANS LEARN SENSE

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  11. Sequoia Butcher
    Sequoia Butcher October 4, 2014 at 7:02 am

    He have no shame…my my,

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  12. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua October 4, 2014 at 7:21 am

    STOP BLAMING OTHERS.when you lot know.that WANNA cant keep from hands out of the NIS money…..that is ALL-YA own little personal society….if any heads should roll it should be you lot…..but don’t worry a time capsule it’s on it way to you guys come next election….

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  13. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua October 4, 2014 at 7:21 am

    STOP BLAMING OTHERS.when you lot know.that WANNA cant keep from hands out of the NIS money…..that is ALL-YA own little personal society….if any heads should roll it should be you lot…..but don’t worry a time capsule it’s on it way to you guys come next election….

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  14. Jules October 4, 2014 at 7:57 am

    the technical computer malfunction obviously did not affect the printing of my land tax bill…….

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