Govt officials upbeat following Westbury renaming ceremony

Government officials are confident that yesterday’s renaming of Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive will have a major impact on the country’s cultural and tourism industries.

Addressing yesterday’s ceremony, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart zeroed in on the cultural industries as one of the pillars on which Barbados’ future economic development will be built.

“Our policy is to promote the development of the sector by seeking to create the environment that will facilitate its growth, both in Barbados and the region,” he said, adding that the Caribbean as a whole had much to gain from the sector’s growth.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left) and Barbadian pop artiste Rihanna cutting the ribbon to declare Rihanna Drive open.

“Rihanna symbolizes for us the realization of the immense cultural potential in this nation and this region,” Stuart said before declaring that Westbury New Road will hitherto be called ‘Rihanna Drive’ in honour of the Barbadian superstar, who came home for the unveiling.

Apart from the name change to the street on which she grew up, Rihanna was also formally conferred with the title and instruments of Cultural Ambassador.

Hailing the development, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley said the move was in keeping with Government’s focus on the cultural industries.

“We want to bring Rihanna to the center of that and also . . . other ambassadors as well,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding that “we want to be able to start to move Barbadians along the pathway where they believe that the cultural industries can be a part of the transformation of our economy”.

His colleague, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, also expects Rihanna Drive to redound to the benefit of the island’s bread and butter industry.

“I don’t think we should underestimate the impact this road has on the tourism sector,” he said while pointing out that on busy cruise days, the road, which was formerly known as Westbury, was already overflowing with traffic.

“I have seen it myself. It is almost like a traffic jam through here,” Sealy told Barbados TODAY.

“So it [the renaming] is a good occasion and I think it has certainly gone done well with Rihanna and her family also, and is as inspiration to young people,” he said immediately following the ceremony.

The minister said apart from heightened traffic, he also expects Rihanna Drive to be brimming with new business opportunities.

“I can see all sorts of opportunities again springing up in the area, I see t-shirts have already been done and I think it’s a great occasion,” he stressed.

15 Responses to Govt officials upbeat following Westbury renaming ceremony

  1. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams December 2, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Time will tell

  2. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell December 2, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I’m surprised he didn’t mistakenly cut rihanna,s dress or hair cause he’s notorious for screwing up.I’m shocked that anyone would give him a sharp object in close proximity to ppl

  3. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles December 2, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Uhhhj why did he leg Rihanna cut the ribbon on her OWN street. He too love the attention on him

  4. Tony Webster December 2, 2017 at 5:41 am

    T-shirts…progress to lead Bim out of Rocky Gully? Amazing.
    Says a lot about Right Hon. Gentleman’s regard for Bajans’ intelligence…or gullibility.

  5. Charles Atkins
    Charles Atkins December 2, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Now I’m just going to sit back and watch this very well thought out plan, bear fruit and miracloulously transform the economy of Barbados.
    Should this project make significant impact on the 400 million dollar shortfall; then we will definitely ask Dr. Worrell to return and complete his unfinished business.

  6. Javier Maynard
    Javier Maynard December 2, 2017 at 6:54 am

    My PM

  7. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott December 2, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Wowww wanna ppl en easyyyy… lmao

  8. Ytybed December 2, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Best thing was watching my YouTube on Free WiFi by Ozone Wireless during this! lol

  9. Anthony Michael Hinds
    Anthony Michael Hinds December 2, 2017 at 10:15 am

    The only ‘upbeat’ they should be is get ‘up’ and ‘beat’ it outa the government. Elections next !!!

  10. Yvonne Morris December 3, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Please do something about your lack of proofreading !!! “Westbury New Road will hitherto be called Rihanna Drive”
    surely this is bassackward. The road, WHICH HITHERTO WAS CALLED WESTBURY NEW ROAD, WILL HENCEFORTH BE CALLED RIHANNA DRIVE. I am so disappointed by the way your standards are continually dropping. Pay Attention!!

  11. Leroy December 3, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Some ppl need to understand when they are not photogenic..stay out the limelight..move let de girl cut de dam thing herself.

    Another thing..on the plague he have his name printed before hers as if his contributìon should be mentioned before hers..

  12. 3rdsun December 3, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Why not nicknane Barbados ‘Rihannaland’ it might just bear fruit

  13. archy perch December 3, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    @Yvonne Morris. Add bad grammar and syntax to the list. Include also the apparent tendency of the present media to rely on the rag-blog Naked Departure for fake news leads. When it comes to the delivery of news on both radio and television, the newscaster should NOT be a commentator, but I see them doing it. Neither should a news story begin with a qualifier like “a shocking story”. Just report the news and cut the American style please. Ken Husbands might be a good broadcaster, but keep his away from reading the news, he butchers it. Stetson Babb would newsflash an Afican snail crossing River Road with another glue to its back, all in a effort to say we had it first. SMH.

  14. Helicopter(8P) December 4, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Ri! Ri! those Fenty legs are outstandingly shapely and beautiful with mgnificent gloss. Stand tall girl!

  15. Spikes December 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    What we have is a government marking time and giving the impression that it is doing serious work A sorry bunch


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