At odds

Government officials ISSUE CONFLICTING SEWAGE STATEMENTS

Minister of Health John Boyce is distancing himself from statements by fellow senior Democratic Labour Party (DLP) legislators, Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands, on the ongoing sewage crisis.

Donville Inniss
Harry Husbands

Inniss last week told students at West Terrace Primary School someone must be held accountable for the effluent bursting through manholes and affecting residents and businesses on the south coast, while Husbands said in the Senate, also last week, that it would cost Government $1 billion to fix the entire system.

However, Boyce suggested last night his colleagues did not know what they were talking about.

“You don’t hear me too often with them kinda mouthings, do you? I like to know what I am speaking to most of the time. You have to ask these gentlemen these questions,” he said in response to requests from the media for a comment on the statements.

Boyce last night addressed a DLP branch meeting at Lester Vaughn Secondary School, where he conceded the sewerage treatment plant from which the problem originates should have been serviced years ago.

However, when pressed by the media to comment on the issue of responsibility raised by Inniss, the Minister of Health said: “I think you should ask the Minister of Commerce that. I have certainly tried to outline the agencies associated with the operation to the plant, environment and health, and how they are working together.”

He was no less emphatic in deflecting queries about the $1 billion cost revealed by Husbands in the Senate.

“I saw that too, but I didn’t respond to that. You would have to ask Senator Husbands.

“Maybe in the concept of putting sewage plants right around the island, maybe that is where Harry would have been going, over the long term.

“That is the kindest I can be to that comment,” Boyce said.

Acting General Manager of the Barbados Water Authority John Mwansa told a news conference on Saturday it would cost $2 million to repair the plant.

In the meantime, Boyce is maintaining that Barbados’ beaches are safe.

He has also reported that a special team is currently ensuring that sewage spills on the south coast are either reduced or stopped entirely.

“I am happy that the scientific readings, reported by the technical team indicate that there is no challenge to our health by the waters on Worthing Beach, or in any beach in Barbados,” the minister said.

Assuring that checks on the quality of sea water will continue, Boyce said, “we will make sure that the public health laboratory in Barbados, and anywhere else that we need to send these samples, will constantly be in a position to check these samples to make sure that all is well.

“So don’t let nobody create no fear, and no panic,” he stressed, pointing out that there were many areas along the island’s coast where water was allowed to run off into the sea.

“Worthing is not the only place in Barbados where water runs off from the land into the sea, the extent may vary in different areas,” he said.

The Worthing area recently featured in the news as a trouble spot because of run-off from the nearby Graeme Hall swamp, which officials said was water but residents claimed was effluent spilled from the malfunctioning nearby sewage treatment plant that had discoloured the sea.

The minister however expressed happiness that a technical team was proceeding with plans to fix the malfunctioning plant.

“We are pleased about the fact that the repairs at the sewerage plant are underway; that the management of the existing system will ensure that the spillage is kept to a minimum, or completely eliminated; that the Barbados Water Authority, the Ministry of Health, and the Environmental Protection Department work hand in hand to ensure that in the event of any similar situation . . . there will be corrective action.”

He added, “there will be sterilization going on, and there will be clean-ups wherever necessary”.

24 Responses to At odds

  1. Hal Austin December 20, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Meltdown in this leaderless government. This should be embarrassing not only for the silent one, but for the entire DLP. The party must remove Stuart. He is a political disgrace.

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  2. Tony Webster December 20, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Rudderless; the boat is also leaking cash… sorry…water, badly; the engine is sputtering; the G.P.S. Is broken; no-one remembers how to n’use the Sextant; worse yet…no-one wishes to wake the sleeping captain, lest they get a quotation from Homer’s Illiad thrown at them, which, if it misses the mark, will put a bigger tax-hole in my pocket…sorry…the hull, and all will go down with the ship AND the captain…in the ensuing Fifty Seconds of Glory.

    Yes, I am on board too, and wondering which genius navigator managed to sail S.S.Barbados into Rocky Gully in the first place!

    Lord…are you yet the God of Infinite Mercy?

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  3. Eugene December 20, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Minister Boyce, that is your Constituency and health is your portfolio. You obviously do not know the situation as you should. Worthing is only the most recently reported large leak. What about Oistins Fish Market? What about sections of Bay Street, even close to Government Headquarters where sewage leaks run into the sea also. Stop burying your head in the sand and honestly address the problems. It really has been too long!

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  4. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde December 20, 2016 at 5:48 am

    YOU SHOULD BE FIRED.IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILTY,YOUR ARE THE MINISTER,AND BUCK STOPS AT YOU…THE MINISTERS,NEED TO COME OUT THEIR AIRCONDITION OFFICES,AND PUT THEIR ON THE GROUND,SO AS TO MANAGE THEIR MINISTRY BETTER

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  5. B.Land December 20, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Boyce only knows about last minute debushing like what he recently did n Bournes Land… but we out here waiting sooooo bad for the bell to ring

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  6. Daniel Burton
    Daniel Burton December 20, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Lol, this is funny

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  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 20, 2016 at 7:32 am

    No surprise he is a typical politician tow de friggin line or else,don’t care for any politician but got to admit Donville Inniss kinda keep things interesting in a otherwise boring DLP.

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  8. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray December 20, 2016 at 7:32 am

    All you in notice that a stench is blowing throught out the country and in all the ministries

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  9. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock December 20, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Get busy!

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  10. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn December 20, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Stop hiding thecstupid follies

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  11. The Negrocrat December 20, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR VOTE DEM OUT.

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  12. Peter December 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

    For one minister to tell two other ministers of their same party connectivity that they don’t know what they are speaking about in a press release is nothing short of telling them they are dull and ignorant. It clearly exemplifies the fact that there are big internal differences among DEM. I guess their salaries and pensions take priority over the people they swore to represent.

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  13. Zeus December 20, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Mr Austin can you remember when the prison burnt and our security was at risk was the government at the time leaderless

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  14. hcalndre December 20, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Tony W. why bring the Lord into this mess that these DLP clueless politicians have created and blaming everyone else. If God had anything to do with the politics of barbados, would you believe these people would ever be put there only to get rich and make fun of the country?

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  15. 3rdsun December 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

    The minister who responsible for the sewage mess is the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources. Yet we don’t here from him, only when political licks got to share.

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  16. Helicopter(8P) December 20, 2016 at 11:12 am

    A decon- team should be activated to decontaminate workers and equipment. The apparatus and areas should be decontaminated before technical work is proceeded. The process should be disinfectant and antibacterial wash down for Chemical and biological agents. This work should be handled by OSHA international standards handbook.

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  17. Zeus December 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Is it not strange that the opposition made two statements on this sewage situation one when the opposition leader went on the beach and the other at a political meeting ….no other statements were made by them ….some of you don’t really want to know the truth about this whole sewage situation …..why are the shadows ministers of water health or tourism not speaking …ah wonder why

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  18. jrsmith December 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    @,Zeus , hail ,hail, good shot on the button , this sewage issue was in being for more than ten years plus, a minister in the present government , made a statement to the effect that the sewage system up north , hasn’t work as it should since it was build and commissioned, meaning the politicians paid for a defective system ,
    The said minister made a further comment, he is an engineer, but seems not having no real concern for the people of barbados , by trying to fix the problem……( really so political )..
    Their is so much which can be brought to bear as to why , the people of barbados dont know who complaints can be directed at or to , because the issues of the problems in barbados is never discussed , seems politicians have no time for each other……

    As for the shadow cabinet , our country is broke yet hundreds of millions of dollars , is outstanding as per the (AUDIT GENERAL’S) report, but nothing is said about that either, (wonder why not.)….

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  19. Hal Austin December 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Zeus,
    The fire at Glendairy was to do with prison security, or lack of it, not political leadership.
    Replacing Glendairy with Dodds was a symptom of lack of proper leadership.

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  20. Tony Webster December 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Shucks….it all comes back to me now, c.1954…and my little yellow volume entitled “Civics” comes into sharp focus, but needs up-dating to explain “Collective irresponsibility”.

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  21. BaJan boy December 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Harry Husbands poor fellow no one ever think of him or remember who he is he is so irrelevant he is just not a politician. Expect anything and we know Donville lot of bark and no bite. Ralph Thorne is the remedy for this,lazy,ineffective absent minded excuse for a Minister. We are at our lowest with the least most intelligent Government in the history of our country. These guys just don’t know where nor when to start managing our country. Estwick,Stuart, Sinkler,Lowe Kellma,Inniss which can tell the other come back? Everyone still in election mode 4 years later.

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  22. Tony Waterman December 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    This is the ONLY Political Party, any part in the FREE World that i know of (Am aware of) , where EVEREY Minister makes Policy and other Statements about each others Ministries or Cabinet Decisions , without first clearing it with the Prime Minister/ Minister concerned/Ministry concerned, and the PM seemingly has NO CONTROL over who does what and when.

    This is just a Side Show Government.

    @Zeus!!! How did you manage to put these two different things in one Package???

    @Keith Forde!!! What are you trying to do, whe The Sleeping Lion Fires this Minister, who do you suggest he be replaced with ???

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  23. Guy Smiley December 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Zeus btw who are the shadow ministers of water health and tourism?

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  24. Guy Smiley December 20, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    i only remember toppin

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