Maria is back

After six months leave on account of an undisclosed illness, Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard made her return to the House of Assembly today and immediately threw her support behind a $4.6 million supplementary for the Ministry of Health.

However, while agreeing to the near $5 million national debushing exercise, Dr Agard called on Minister of Health John Boyce to give a full account of its financing, which was to have been raised from the National Social Responsibility Levy.

While stating that it was “completely unfair” for taxpayers to foot the bill to clean up the properties of offending landowners, she chided Government for being one of the chief offenders.

Dr Agard also called for a higher penalty of $1 per square foot to be imposed on delinquent landowners who allowed their properties to become overrun with bush, while agreeing with Boyce that the current fine  of 18 cents per square foot was not proving to be a deterrent.

On the contentious issue of electioneering, the dentist warned that public health could not be treated in such a way, given all that has occurred in the region in recent weeks in terms of the destruction caused by hurricanes in several Caribbean countries.

Dr Agard also expressed concern that it only took “a drizzle” for places like Holetown, St James and parts of the Bridgetown to flood. She argued that much of this had to do with the indiscriminate disposal of garbage.

In this regard, she called on all Barbadians to commit to keeping the island clean. She also pushed for the establishment of programmes in all schools to encourage children to recycle and to separate their garbage.

Also contributing to the debate was Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe who admitted that the Drainage Unit required more manpower, but said it was still carrying out its functions to reduce the level of flooding by keeping drains cleared.

And while not giving details, Lowe suggested that the time might soon come when the state-run Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) would ask businesses to pay for the collection of their commercial waste.

He also rejected suggestions from Dr Agard that the country was flood-prone because of illegal dumping.

At the same time, he praised the SSA for “doing a fantastic job under very trying circumstances”.  

12 Responses to Maria is back

  1. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 26, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Back to do what????

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  2. Lennox hewitt September 26, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    So that go for Plantation all so .

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  3. Saga Boy September 27, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Welcomed back Maria. I wish you the best of health.

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  4. John Everatt September 27, 2017 at 5:18 am

    So do we have an accounting of what benefit the NSRL has brought to this country?

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  5. Loretta Griffith September 27, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Why would minister Lowe disagree with Dr Maria Agard that the island was flood prone due to illegal dump? A blind man on a trotting horse could see that illegal dumping and cleaning othe streets and leaving the debris alongside the road is contributing to the flooding in our country( even the unsightly coconut shells left in the gutters and pathways).
    We really need to take the vote catching out of these discussions and call a spade a spade. When we descend to this level, our country is the worst for it.
    We really need men and women to say it as it is, and not playing with persons emotions via the feel good mentality.
    If politicians only know the number of persons who are disenchanted with them based on their utterances a lot of them would shut up and stop playing to the gallery.

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  6. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne September 27, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Welcome back

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  7. Jackie Griffith
    Jackie Griffith September 27, 2017 at 7:02 am

    So where the first set of money went??

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  8. lswiltshire September 27, 2017 at 8:59 am

    SHE LOOKING GOOD TOO. LOL

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  9. Ossie Moore September 27, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Looking rosey!

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  10. gsmiley September 27, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Is Dr. Agard a D an independent, what?

    And what happens when elections are called?

    Is she contesting?

    And if so as what?

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  11. Enrico Downer September 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I happen to like this lady. I don’t know why exactly. Maybe it’s her spunk. Her attitude in the pitch of a battle. She’s a survivor and I like survivors.

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  12. Irma September 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Wonna is fuh fine out! Doan pick no pins wid me!

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