Time for Government to lead – Lashley

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley is calling on Government to be proactive in getting capital projects off the ground in the New Year.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY after attending Midnight Mass at the Christ Church Parish Church on Christmas Eve, Lashley said the Freundel Stuart administration had an obligation to lead the way in bringing the country back on the road to economic growth.

“I believe certainly that my one resolution for 2017 is to see Barbadians recommit themselves to productivity and to recognize of course that the Government has to lead in all of this; but at the end of the day I believe we are called to provide that leadership.

“I want to see of course much more proactivity. We do have several projects in the pipelines that are due to be executed and one of my resolutions is that we see those projects activated, so that we can see more growth returning to the Barbados economy,” the minister said.

Lashley also acknowledged that 2016 has had many economic challenges, but said the youth had a pivotal role to play in shaping the economy over the next few years.

“I’ve seen many of our young people building this economy from the roots back up, and I think that is really what’s going to happen going forward in the next three to five years.”

He also encouraged Barbadians to recommit themselves to hard work in the New Year, insisting this was the only way to reignite the economy.

“Many of the challenges that we face will not go away without a kind of reassurance of what it means to practice industry to heighten our level of production,” Lashley said.  

16 Responses to Time for Government to lead – Lashley

  1. Puppa Weekes December 29, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Wow!! I love this so Stevie you are throwing your hat in the ring too?
    Well one thing we know for sure is, a very low bar was set by Froon.
    So I have great confidence that you could easily soar above such, but Stevie man it seems that you have some competition including Donnie and the tourism gentleman and god knows who else.
    This is going to be interesting.

  2. Hal Austin December 29, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Here is another senior minister in a crippled government calling on his colleagues/prime minister to get capital projects off the ground. This not just an attack on the incompetent Chris Sinckler, but on eight years of government failure.
    Where is the official Opposition? We badly need a general election, and now.

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 29, 2016 at 4:19 am

    After all the wasting This government have done you and Donny asking you lazy government to be productive.

  4. Smith Maxine
    Smith Maxine December 29, 2016 at 4:38 am

    “Ask not what your Country can do for you but what you can do for your Country.”, John F. Kennedy.

    • Mitchell Lansbury December 29, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Presumably you are suggesting this is what each member of the Cabinet should be asking themselves

    • Peter December 29, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Maxine, that’s old. Ask not what you can do with this country but what this doing with you. That sounds more like it.

  5. Tony Webster December 29, 2016 at 4:41 am

    The very earth starts to tremble…and move…the natives are restless…drums starting to be heard…soon feet will start to dance…and increasingly…step-up (sorry)…the tempo…and the chanting will grow..…all to the good…the wind has shifted…and it’s “picking-up…something grand is surely happening…hope someone in a castle…can hear the drums…

    Yes…wid apologies for mixed metaphor-soup…at least…it’s HOT soup…like a breath of fresh soup…sorry …air…in place of cold soup every day…

  6. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke December 29, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Lolol. This government has been in power 9 years and he now realise that, that means “leading” ? Perhaps he should send that message to the others including the PM.

  7. Jennifer December 29, 2016 at 6:48 am

    The government will surely be on the lead. Why and how does the youth play a pivotal role in shaping the country. Your asses better rewrite that sorry ass school curriculum to benefit our people and stop talking BS.

    • Peter December 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      The youth are playing a pivotal role in Barbados. They are shooting each other, robbing, raping, not educating themselves, making babies…… The list goes on.

  8. Jennifer December 29, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Imagine a great bird, an eagle, very swift to devour its prey everywhere. This bird then deposits her chicks every where to continue to devour, but the bird knows he cannot devour all the prey or his very existence will stop. So he puts his adopted chicks to continue the mission, while the true chicks sit and oversee. All this time the prey is placed into a can like corn beef and the chicks keeps the key on the outside of the tin. Who will deliver the prey???

    • Peter December 29, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Very poo\r analogy. Jennifer. You can make it simpler so the average Bajan can comprehend.

  9. freeagent December 29, 2016 at 7:33 am

    If I recall eleven ministers of government thought that the
    government was not being proactive early in its tenure. Those ministers should have spoken out sooner if they thought that they could have taken this country forward in a more meaningful manner. You are a little too late – the young people will decide in 2018.

  10. Bull Dog December 29, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Has Mr. Lashley done anything to help, his grade would be “F”. He has not done anything for sports or the youth, only culture lol

  11. BaJan boy December 30, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Lashley wunnah could only have had more pro activity if there was activity wunnah asses were asleep.wid lazy Stuart. This is such a senseless comment I am truly surprise Barbados today made this news. I knew he was dumb and even look so in his tall heel shoes but to come and open he mouth is truly embarresing…

  12. Tom December 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Pension secured, so many more will be speaking out.


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