Mottley talks clean-up campaign

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has indicated that she will be embarking on a plan she hopes will at least help Barbadians to feel better about themselves despite the economic challenges.

And she is calling on church groups, trade unions, other organizations, as well as the Freundel Stuart administration to join her as she prepares to “cross party lines” in an effort to carry out her plan.

Stating that she spent the past few weeks “reflecting on where we are as a country and what we need to do”, Mottley said it was important that steps were taken to clean up garbage across the island and help those who are less fortunate.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.

“We are going through difficult times but our resilience as a people will depend less on what Government does and more on our inclination to rise to the occasion,” said Mottley.

She was addressing the recent launch of the NISE 100 Improvements KAMS Aquarium Fish Shop Community Project in Browns Gap, Hothersal Turning.

Saying that there was no excuse for not keeping the country clean, Mottley said that over the next six weeks she would be starting a campaign in the Bridgetown area to encourage people to do more in keeping their surroundings clean.

Saying that she was ashamed of the state of the island when it came to cleanliness, Mottley said: “I am going to reach across party lines and reach out to every entity”.

The St Michael North East MP said there were also too many stories in Barbados about people not being able to cope, and she wanted that matter to be addressed.

“We need to make sure that nobody goes to sleep hungry . . . and while there is no direct symbiotic relationship between crime and unemployment, the truth is we all know that a person is more likely to take risk when they are desperate,” she said.

“And between churches, organizations, civic and political and families, we need to do better to make sure that as we find our way back to prosperity we are ensuring that no one falls off the edge.”

Mottley said there should also be a long-term goal for every child in Barbados was taught to read and swim.

She also called for Barbadians to be more respectful of and polite to each other.

“There is no doubt that we have a long road ahead of us. There is no doubt that there are serious problems that we face and there is no doubt that we will debate across the isle, but what I do know is that as Barbadians, you, me, everyone can bind together on those four objectives,” said Mottley.

10 Responses to Mottley talks clean-up campaign

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes April 11, 2015 at 7:43 am

    When we join hands across Barbados there was a great turnout. For this we should have an even greater turnout as the entire island would benefit.

  2. Santini More
    Santini More April 11, 2015 at 7:58 am

    For me this is the type of action that our local politicians should be getting involved in, i.e. actions that make small but meaningful difference to our country and how we feel about ourselves….The economy is in an ever deepening dark hole caused by an inept and arrogant Govt, so money is becoming a scarce commodity. BUT that does not give an excuse for our so called politicians to go into hiding, they should be out in the community getting involved in local projects. Not outsourcing such tasks to the waste of taxpayers money, commonly called, Constituency Councils!

  3. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock April 11, 2015 at 8:11 am

    It the way, our people used to be.

  4. Richard Blair
    Richard Blair April 11, 2015 at 8:27 am

    so you have to tell bajans to clean around them smh

  5. Frank Gilkes April 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Barbados will be safe in the hands of Mia Amor Mottley, this is the kind of decisive leader we need for these times, someone who can go beyond the polarization and political posturing to insure better for our country as we continue to put country before party.

  6. Msnewtoncrescent Pinelands
    Msnewtoncrescent Pinelands April 11, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I would love to be home to help this is an excellent idea, we need to come together as one big family, joining hands in 2015 would be a fresh way to start the act to of showing one another love again

  7. jr smith April 11, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Hail,hail, our new priminster in waiting. was democrat for decades, now i will vote labour next time around.

  8. Adrian Loveridge April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    What do we do to stop Barbadians dumping garbage indiscrimentally? Inch Marlow Point is an area of outstanding natural beauty enjoyed by locals and visitors, but hardly a day goes by without finding rubbish dumped. And I bet its not put there by our visitors.

  9. Alex Alleyne April 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Arrest and charge the litter bugs . ……end of story .
    If my neighbour own a plot of land next to me and it is over ran with bush , why should I go clean it for him/her . Government should make sure they clean the spot and send the bill to the owner. They know who they are from the records at town and country planning .

  10. Roger Jones April 11, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Once again, this is all about Mia. The problem of garbage strewed on our streets and in our communities is a result of nasty bajans. Plantations are calling for people to pick cotton at $1.50 a pound and are finding it difficult to get pickers.The problem in this country is that lots of people want quick money but do not want to work honestly for it.


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