Don’t mind Mia and her sewage talk, says Inniss

Minister of Commerce, Industry and Small Business Development Donville Inniss today defended his Government  in the face of a scathing attack issued by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley over its failure to the resolve the south coast sewage mess.

Amid warnings of a crisis situation, Mottley on Sunday accused the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration of neglecting the south coast sewerage system in favour of three major tourism redevelopments – Sam Lord’s Castle, the Pierhead Marina and Grantley Adams International Airport.

Speaking to a large crowd of supporters at the official launch of the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) 2018 election campaign, Mottley also contended that funding for much-needed maintenance of the sewerage system, was denied because of an “internecine war” between Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Minister of Agriculture and Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick.

However, Inniss said today “there is no way that his Government would have been made aware of a major risk in an issue like this and not sought to address it”.

He also pointed out that the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), which is charged with coming up with a workable solution, is the same entity that it was when Mottley was a Cabinet minister.

“[Therefore], its employees do not think about BLP or DLP, they think about getting the job done,” Inniss said, adding that “if there was a problem that was raised two years ago, I feel comfortable that they would have sought to address it there and then”.

Inniss also assured that Government was not turning a blind eye to the ongoing sewage leaks, adding that based on his discussions with the relevant agencies they have been working around-the-clock to find short-term and long-term solutions.

“Had the Government thrown its hands in the air and not gone out there and through public discourse, kept the country aware of the challenges, identify solutions and implemented them, perhaps we could have had a deeper crisis on our hands. Now I note and I have seen for myself in the last couple of days, that it is not anywhere as bad as, let’s say, a week before. But I don’t want people to feel there is a sense of complacency. The State is still working around-the-clock to find long-term solutions,” he emphasized, adding that he expected the situation along the south coast to shortly return to a sense of normalcy.

“And certainly in terms of investment in that geographical space up there, I don’t think there has been a significant negative impact,” he added.

12 Responses to Don’t mind Mia and her sewage talk, says Inniss

  1. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow January 16, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Hit the Dolby to eliminate this background noise please

  2. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson January 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Alright you hold on a lil longer and you will see what she will do

  3. Junis Warren
    Junis Warren January 16, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Let it hurt tourism. Only then will this crisis be address.

  4. John Everatt January 16, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    “there is no way that his Government would have been made aware of a major risk in an issue like this and not sought to address it” says Mr. Inniss. This is a blatant lie as his government was well aware of the sewage issues over a year ago and ignored it.

    He goes on talking about the BWA “if there was a problem that was raised two years ago, I feel comfortable that they would have sought to address it there and then”. Well Mr Minister there was a problem that was raised then but your folks at the BWA chose not to act.

    He says “not as bad as a week before”. Well Mr. Inniss, take a look at it now. Lies, lies and more lies. And don’t think for a minute that the water is safe on the south coast.

  5. luther thorne January 16, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Donville Inniss should have been the Prime Minister of Barbados in the last 12 months of the DLP Administration. The DLP is making a tactical error but not to worry , the Leader Of the Opposition post is a big enough pick for Donville and technically he would have 5 years to have a chance at the Prime Ministership. I have been saying this now for awhile now and I think I heard someone on the call in show Brass tacks today , echoing similar sentiments.

    Donville for Prime Minister Now
    Opposition Leader Later

    Ronald Jones- FOR Deputy
    Sherlock Holmes – Shadow Attorney General
    Saga Boy – For Parliament to Sweep Parliament Yard
    Straker’s Tenantry of Brasstacks Fame – Shadow Minister of Sewage – He likes talking She-ite
    Carson .She .Cadogan. Shadow Minister of Gender Affairs – for obvious reasons

    And this list will continue after a short commercial break

    • harry turnover January 17, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Luther Thorne…Donville Inniss the LEADER OF HER MAJESTY’S OPPOSITION ???????
      Mr.Thorne…the OFFICIAL OPPOSITION WILL NOT be the DLP …the landslide predicted for JUNE will WIPE out ALL sitting DLP members and Barbados will have a NEW OPPOSITION.
      “Carson .She .Cadogan. Shadow Minister of Gender Affairs – for obvious reasons ” ????

  6. Tony Webster January 17, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Where is the HONOURABLE Minister for Agriculture, whose responsibilities include the B.W.A….is he attending an urgent conference…in Mars? Or has he caught that dread syndrome, often associated with our no.1 Gorilliphant, namely incommunicadoitis? Sir Donville..stick to your official duties please…this is getting really tiresome…you think you are G.I.S.?

    • Belfast January 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Spoken like a true clueless Prime Minister.Inniss appears to be taking over the clownship from Airport-up-north Kellman

  7. hcalndre January 17, 2018 at 7:29 am

    @Donville; its about 3 years that the sewage was acting up, if it was a volcano the whole area would have been evacuated and covered with ash by now. Donville, why don`t you promote it as a tourist attraction since you know that Miss. Mottley and all others are lying. This man is who some want to be the PM when he is denying the truth already.

  8. Randolph January 17, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Don’t tell me the people in St.James would elect this man again.

  9. Sue Donym January 17, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Right, Donville, don’t listen to Mia… put your ears to the ground, literally, in Worthing and listen to the bubbling, gurgling sound of your administration dying in its own filth.

  10. Ann Thomas January 17, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Thank you Donville, now I know that Mia is on point


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