House approves payment to Al Barrack

At the end of the weeklong debate on the Estimates, contractor Al Barrack could be smiling all the way to the bank.

Late this evening, the House approved the sum of $8.7 million as a final payment to the Government contractor, who has been made to wait for over 15 years for a settlement.

“This has been an issue that has been around since 1999 and we are finally bringing closure to this particular matter,” said Minister of Housing & Lands Denis Kellman, who jokingly said that the black contractor would not have to paint his face white again to get his money.

Barrack has gone to great lengths to get his money.
Barrack has gone to great lengths to get his money.

“We are also moving in $2,062 000 to accommodate the rental of the property and also $268,777 for the maintenance of the property,” Kellman said.

A $35 million supplementary was also approved for the Ministry of Agriculture, including 6.8 million to cover debt obligations for the Barbados Agricultural Management Company, as well as to assist the cash-strapped institution in meeting payroll obligations. The funds will also be used to pay international sugar suppliers and will also go in support of a drawdown from the Inter-American Development Bank with respect to a Water and Sanitation Upgrade Project currently being executed by the Barbados Water Authority to the tune of $17.4 million.

The Lower Chamber has also approved the sum of $25 million in the form of a supplementary for the Ministry of Education to pay economic costs for students at the University of the West Indies, while $18 million was go towards the cash-strapped Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Minister of Health John Boyce noted that the figure was significantly less than the $50 million the QEH had acquired in previous years in terms of supplementaries.

Among the key pieces of legislation approved by the House were the Appropriation (Amendment) Act 2015, the Bank Assets (Amendment) Act 2015, the Income Tax (Amendment) Act 2015 and the Consolidation Tax (Amendment) Act 2015. (NC)

The house was adjourned just after 8 p.m. today and will resume on Friday, April 10, 2015.


12 Responses to House approves payment to Al Barrack

  1. Hyacinth Benskin Saroop
    Hyacinth Benskin Saroop March 21, 2015 at 2:12 am

    awww God is good

  2. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway March 21, 2015 at 2:20 am


  3. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith March 21, 2015 at 2:29 am


  4. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith March 21, 2015 at 2:29 am


  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 21, 2015 at 4:58 am


  6. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley March 21, 2015 at 5:50 am

    But when will he get this money-estimates and approvals are only money on paper-let’s see if this is just another promise as this is this govt’s MO

  7. Ingrid Bullen March 21, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Hope this is not another promise

  8. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne March 21, 2015 at 6:46 am

    God is the greatest.(Y) (Y) At last,good things come to those who belived.Congratulations to you Al Barrack.<3 <3 B| B|

  9. Tony Webster March 21, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Again? If memory serves me, I recall that the highest Court in this land, ORDERED government to pay Mr. Barrack. They declined, and tried an appeal to Arbitrators, who similarly ORDERED them to pay, with penalty interest.
    Five will get you ten on this: faced with either paying pensions and public servants, or paying Al Barrack…which shall get paid?
    Still praying for you, Mr. Barrack.

  10. Jim Lynch March 21, 2015 at 9:26 am

    “God is good” what… because we have our own currency those jokers will just print more money to pay Al. First, that devalues the currency, and second, if they could do that now why did they not do that before? We are being governed by a crew of hard-headed ignorant JackAsses, and Bajans need to kick them out of office at the earliest opportunity.

    Not that the other Party has much more to offer… we need another viable political Party in Barbados, but that is for another rant.

  11. Trevor H Whittaker March 22, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Toney Webster:comments sounds good
    The QEH:we The People demand a New Hospital:Calling
    On Jah:God Bless Barbados:*:

  12. Maxine Hutchinson March 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    One of the matters that our Governments must pay attention to is the monthly rental of buildings for the accommodation of offices. I believe that we need to explore whether or not existing buildings that were once used as offices could be refurbished and thoroughly cleaned for use again.

    I do believe that the paying out of rental fees each month for buildings that are full of CARBON DIOXIDE is a two-fold problem for our governments – not only are the workers falling sick with UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS EACH WEEK AND HAVING TO TAKE TIME OFF FROM WORK – which in turn affects the overall functioning of the department’s mandate but the payment of rent over extended periods of time (years) will far exceed the cost of constructing a new building.

    I believe that there are times when the Government is “hoodwinked” into what may seem to be a “bargain” in the rental of buildings for office space but the end result is generally the hand down of monetary benefits to those who would have lobbied for such a course of action.

    We can save so much money over time if only we could build our own offices and put an end to the paying out of thousands of dollars each month for spaces wherein are housed offices that are not income-generating for the Government. Instead – I reiterate – the buildings serve only for making the officers sick as a result of accumulated CARBON DIOXIDE WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN GENERATED AS A RESULT OF UNCLEAN AIR-CONDITIONED UNITS BEING IN USE DAILY BUT WINDOWS AND DOORS BEING KEPT CLOSED FOR FEAR THAT “THE UNITS BREAKDOWN”.

    In essence we are so interested in guarding the life-span of the air-conditioned units that we seem to have no regard for the sanctity of the life of your fellow human being!!!!!!!!!


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