Govt using NHC to win votes, claims Symmonds

Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds is accusing the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government of disregarding the dire economic situation facing the country by using financially struggling statutory agencies in its ploy to secure votes.

Speaking in Parliament Tuesday, Symmonds made particular reference to the National Housing Corporation (NHC) – said to be in debt of over $500 million up to last year – where he claimed there had been “an escalation in the level of employment” ahead of a general election constitutionally due by the middle of next year.

He said the Freundel Stuart-led DLP had been funnelling jobs through the NHC despite appeals for belt tightening and the introduction of crippling austerity measures in the last Budget presented by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler.

“There is a reason why the most recent labour [force] survey has not been made public because that reflects the sordid state of affairs in which Barbados finds itself today where the level of employment in the private sector has been falling but the level of employment in statutory corporations in Barbados has been increasing,” Symmonds said while speaking on a resolution for Government to vest over 6,000 square feet of land in Station Hill, St Peter in the NHC for housing development.

“The Minister of Finance came in 2013 and told us of how people have to go home, how the statutory corporations were over-burdened and they had to be amalgamated to avoid duplication, some will have to be sold off or dispensed with. An International Monetary Fund study was supposed to be done to see what is the most efficacious way of doing this. What we haven’t been told is that the statutory corporations are once again being used to feather the nest of the Democratic Labour Party’s partisan political interest,” he said.

The Opposition legislator said it came as no surprise that “slightly under 40 people were brought from the parish of St Lucy” recently to work on houses in St Philip that were supposedly completed four or five years ago, but had remained empty.

“So the state’s money, the money Mr Speaker that your taxpayers in your constituency must pay and those in mine, that money has been squandered because houses were built and then houses were allowed to fall into a state of waste and disrepair,” he charged.

“The fact of the matter is that we have a situation facing us where there is in the Ministry of Housing, a failure in that ministry to adequately deal with the very legitimate questions that people are asking, even the basic thing of, ‘what is happening with my application,’” he added, while stating that some people had been waiting for houses from the NHC for as long as two decades.

In his contribution to the debate, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart did not address the matter of employment at the state agencies.

However, he said the lengthy waits for homes were nothing new and successive Governments had tried various methods to tackle the issue.

Though not saying if there was any improvement, Stuart said when the DLP took up office in 2008 there were about 28,000 outstanding applications at the NHC. (MM)

20 Responses to Govt using NHC to win votes, claims Symmonds

  1. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt June 14, 2017 at 3:32 am

    The damage already done. Both parties are hungry for power. The electorate should jump you all (both D and B) the new party needs a look in. That is only my opinion. D and B has done a lot of crap over the years. Fed up with both of you guys. Cannot believe you all want to run this island again. No no no.

    • Che Anika Percell
      Che Anika Percell June 14, 2017 at 6:44 am

      They surely not getting my vote nor that of my household

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman June 14, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Che Anika Percell me neither

    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt June 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

      No real love for the people . Not my vote. You guys messed the true meaning of the ballot. You guys are suppose to serve the people. But you are using the people to enhance yourselves and the people that invest to reap rewards when you gain political office. This shit must be highlighted so the masses know the real truth. Time do do the service that you all were really elected to do. Your tricks are going to be exposed . I will mount a platform if I can get the help and help open the eyes of the poor people that have been used as pawns for several years. You guys should come honest to the people or leave political office now. D or B

  2. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor June 14, 2017 at 5:33 am

    D blp would have done the same thing! U sound like a lil child complaining bout candy! Can’t wait to get wunna hands pun d candy jar!

    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt June 14, 2017 at 5:42 am

      You are on the spot lady. You are smart. They are no different.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner June 14, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Got to agree with ya.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor June 14, 2017 at 6:14 am

      Don’t care which gov is in… The poor have to get up and go work for minimum wage…. The decisions the poor have to make, buy food or pay rent! Give the kids lunch money or pay d light bill! Pay d water bill or pay cxc registration! Pay courts or pay massy! The money is never enough, but they still have to work come what may!

    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt June 14, 2017 at 6:14 am

      My mother did not raise no fool. B and D want dumping. We need to stop recycling these users. Our x is all they crave and then it is licks and more licks. Reject them. Give someone else a chance. Run them .

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner June 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Dennis Taitt got to agree with ya only these two political parties have ever govern Barbados and de lil rock have yet to reach it’s full potential getting overtake by smaller islands.Barbados needs young energetic dynamic progressive leaders period.

    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt June 14, 2017 at 8:42 am

      So true

  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 14, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Simple anything these politicians say from now onwards for the next year is nothing but politricking because elections must be call within next 12 months so ya can’t take them seriously.

    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt June 14, 2017 at 6:19 am

      You are 1000% right. These people playing draughts with the people in this island. And eating their own people like they cannot see. Actually playing the french version of draughts. Eating backwards and in any style. Greedy. B and D . They are no different.

  4. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman June 14, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Bees do the same thing so what,. You people do know that we are not our fore fathers? We are not fooled by the pretense and manipulation of the illusion that you all care. Most of us are not political yard fowls that worship or believe the BS that comes out of a politician mouth. Those days are finish, we are an intelligent population so stop with the grandstanding.

  5. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore June 14, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Some of you folk are beginning to sound like the US electorate, denounce the two established parties & the political class & give support to a billionaire businessman & trust him to drain the swamp in Washington. Since Jan 20th, we have had a real johnny mashing up the world because some other “we are not foolish” idiots some how believe that you can give a “new” party or personality a chance & the entire political system will change. Like it or not, as long as there is politics, there’ll be a political class. What is left for us to do is to make which ever party in office accountable. Failing to do such, we would be here a hundred years from now complaining about the same thing, regardless of which party is in office. Power still corrupts.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner June 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Arthur Collymore you make some very good points but let’s be honest Bajans have never seen
      accountability or transparency from
      either of these two political parties and they never will not that any new political governing party gine do that either.

  6. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt June 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Not mine neither

  7. Advent Divers
    Advent Divers June 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Traitor,,,,How can you trust this man,,,the women of the red shirts never did,,,1000 pounds of blubber.

  8. greengiant June 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Shame on you Symmonds, the cabinet in which you sat employed the most persons ever by a government, and registered the most statutory corporations too. No government post independence has used the public service, and statutory corporations for votes like the Barbados Labour Party, so if you say this is the case I would trust your word, because you would know ( he who feels it knows it).

    Your operatives are really at work, and they’re several in critical positions at the N H C since the days of Ministers Thompson, Clarke, Farley and last but the most direct in strategical positioning of permanent personnel, Payne. So the saboteurs have been at work since 2008, but we the people will rise up against these strategical partisan systems within the public service. The time is at hand when our movement of nationalists will call upon the people to march, and strike for constitutional changes that will protect the interest of our children from you lot whose modus operandi is to prey on the political emotions of those among the masses who have no drive, courage, or self belief, but think the only way to their survival is to associate with sorry excuses for leaders like the lot of you.

  9. Lorenzo June 14, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    GreenGiant what rubbish you talking ,many people has been employed at NHC since 2008 even Mr Kellman,s relative was to get a pick so do not only speak about the BLP housing ministers ,speak about Mr M Lashley and Mr kellman of the DLP as well.For someone who claims he is not associated with the DLP you are always on these blogs supporting the nonsense they do and being always critical of the BLP no balance whatsoever that is why I conclude you are a DLP,yardfowl.I wonder what is your position on the Budget,i await your response.I guess Sharon Taylor falls under the Dems catergory as well base on her contributions on these blogs.


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