NAB to the rescue

For three years Lionel Inniss lived in squalid conditions at Fustic Village, St Lucy with little more than rodents and pests for company.

The old, dilapidated rented house which he called home was a disaster waiting to happen, with rotting boards and galvanize posing a danger to life and limb, and adding to the lack of sanitary facilities.

Lionel Inniss was removed from the deplorable conditions late this evening.
The collapsed house where Inniss was living for the last week.

His living condition got even worse over the past week when what was left of the building collapsed, leaving the 74-year-old  Inniss to seek shelter among the rubble, under a torn tarpaulin.

The National Assistance Board (NAB) came to his rescue today, after a concerned neighbour called to complain.

“It isn’t easy. Look at this. Who would think somebody live here? As he goes out of there, let them call the bulldozer and push that from there,” the neighbour said in reference to the run-down lodging.

“He don’t have no toilet or anything like that and all that stench blowing all over the place.”

The woman told Barbados TODAY the landlord had tried to evict Inniss and had wanted to do repairs, but the elderly man had nowhere to go. Therefore, she said, the landlord had stopped accepting rent.

NAB Chairman David Durant said it was painful to see the condition in which Inniss lived, adding that it was “no condition for an elderly man to be living under”.

Chairman of the National Assistance Board Senator David Durant inspecting the collapsed house.

Durant, a Government Senator, told Barbados TODAY the NAB had no record of the elderly man’s situation, but after visiting him this morning, the necessary arrangements were made and Inniss was moved late this evening.

“He was not reluctant to move at all. We took him to have a bath and get a change of clothes and a check-up at the doctor. We stayed with him all day because we could not leave seeing him like that. It was really disheartening to see,” he said.

“We need to make sure that we facilitate older people in this season of their lives. They’re human and can’t be left out in the cold like that.”

Durant said it would appear that Inniss had no close relatives, with the exception of an elderly sister who was unable to assist.

He was also full of praise for the neighbour who rang to plead for assistance for the 74-year-old man.

“I’m glad that a neighbour cared enough to make a call and get some help for him. That’s why I want for us to be more community oriented, more community spirited because wherever you see situations like this it’s important to call. Call the right authorities, don’t just call any and everybody and then don’t get any help.

“We want to make everyone as comfortable as possible in Barbados. We don’t want to see people living in this kind of extreme situation. His hygiene was getting worse because there are no sanitary facilities around here. He was exposed to serious harm and danger by galvanize, boards, rodents and so on,” Durant stressed.

While the NAB might not have known of Inniss’ plight, Minister of Housing and Member of Parliament for the area Denis Kellman was made aware of the situation a long time ago and had been asked to assist, according to neighbours.

In fact, one woman who frequently visits a former co-worker in the area, said Kellman should have done more to rescue his constituent from the squalor.

She said she was moved to tears when she first saw the man’s living conditions and had encouraged the neighbours to seek help for Inniss.

“I cry water out my eyes when I see this here. Mr Kellman as an MP should be doing more to help him. He could only keep noise in the House of Assembly it seems. He should be shame,” she said.

However, while addressing the Estimates debate in the Lower House today, Kellman said a land dispute was the cause of the state of disrepair

“. . . one would get the impression that the Government wasn’t doing anything for this gentleman. It just so happens that he was renting the house from the landlord and the landlord was not desirous of selling him. Because had the landlord sold him the land, it meant that he would have made the fifth person [on the land] and automatically it would have turned into a tenantry. We have to be very careful because sometimes we do social programmes and they can create more social problems,” Kellman said.

davandrababb@barbadostoday.bb

11 Responses to NAB to the rescue

  1. Jennifer March 15, 2017 at 6:02 am

    What a vast difference.

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  2. Jennifer March 15, 2017 at 6:04 am

    We must be put so to be coconut c**ns.

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  3. Jennifer March 15, 2017 at 6:19 am

    All of you Egyptian politicians that propping up these yacht ba$tard* and hoteliers etc and leaving your own in this position. Shame on you. And for you carpet lot keep it up. THIS IS WHY YOU WILL BE ON THE BOTTOM OF EVERY TOTEM POLE struggling to be liked.

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  4. ace March 15, 2017 at 7:03 am

    “. one would get the impression that the Government wasn’t doing anything for this gentleman. It just so happens that he was renting the house from the landlord and the landlord was not desirous of selling him. ”
    Am I hearing right ? come on Kellman you should be ashamed of yourself. Her is an elder needing help, you being the Minister of Housing and Member of Parliament for the area and you are giving us that hog wash. You guys are bunch of heartless fools call politicians

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  5. Donild Trimp March 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Mr.Kellman, I am sorry but you were made aware of this situation a long time ago and did nothing. JUST LIKE THE YOUR OTHER COLLEAGUE IN ST.JOHN.

    Sorry but we cannot support the two of you anymore. How can you all treat your constituents in this manner?

    Shame, shame, shame.

    Pack your bags because the two of you are OUT. No more drawing the tax payers money by false pretenses.

    Enough of this s@##.

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  6. Ossie Moore March 15, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Now where is all of the love and support for this black bajan man who also really needs help . Yesterday there was love and support from all over Barbados and the world when the picture of a white couple was splattered on the front of the online paper.

    Immediately the Bajan Religious extremists and Holy rollers all jumped on the band wagon saying how great the Holy father was for providing immediate assistance for this white couple , and others such as Heather Straker was thanking and calling on her friends to give more support while others such as Dr. Paula Estwick and a bunch of other hypocrites were singing the George Beverly Shea song of ” how great thou art ” .

    And to add insult to injury the Political representative for the Parish of St.John Dennis Kellman should come out from under the rock that he is living under. How can someone that has no clue of human life be elected to office in Barbados ? . . .well that is easy to do in Little England of course.
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    Lessons learn here :

    (1) After fifty years of so called independence for the ” mother land ” Barbados ( BUHBAYUDUS _ LITTLE ENGLAND ) is still the most racist 2 x 4 piece of rock in the Caribbean . . . .look how quickly the non blacks came out in support of their own, which is / was expected anyway.

    (2) The ” white God ” only helps white folks because it seems the God whom black bajans support does not even help the black bajans in time of need.
    Praise be to God.

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  7. sharon March 15, 2017 at 10:16 am

    “. . . one would get the impression that the Government wasn’t doing anything for this gentleman. It just so happens that he was renting the house from the landlord and the landlord was not desirous of selling him. Because had the landlord sold him the land, it meant that he would have made the fifth person [on the land] and automatically it would have turned into a tenantry. We have to be very careful because sometimes we do social programmes and they can create more social problems,” Kellman said.
    AM I READING THIS RIGHT WHAT HAS THAT GOT DO WITH PUTTING DE OLD MAN IN A HOME LIKE DE NAB DID WHAT HOUSE THAT WAS NOT A HOUSE THE SAME WAY DE WELFARE TAKING STRONG WOMAN THAT CAN WORK TELLING THEM FIND A HOUSE N THEIR WILL PAY DE RENT THEIR CAN HELP OLD, DISABLE, REALLY POOR PPL THE PPL IN THESE DEPARTMENT NOT RUNNING IT GOOD HELPING THOSE WHO CAN HELP THEMSELF DONT WORRY I HOPE DE BLP DO A BETTER JOB NEXT YEAR

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  8. L King March 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Hellman is a disgusting man. He knew and did nothing – he needs to be removed from his position immediately.

    Durant – God bless you and all those that help the needy. God will keep you all in safety.

    No persons on the island should ever be living like this.

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  9. L King March 15, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    @Ossie Moore

    Stop your nonsense about a white god and white people – what colour are the people that eventually helped this man!

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  10. Ossie Moore March 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I am very sorry Mr.King I stand corrected , my apology Sir. Thanks very much for you concern I wish that some of the others were as concerned as you are . . .

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  11. George March 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Call the private school for help. They build houses.

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