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Antigua: Every single cent collected, spent on Barbuda says PM

By Antigua Observer

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(ANTIGUA OBSERVER) – Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, has denied claims that the government has been slow in spending pledged funds on the restoration of Barbuda.

Browne spoke to OBSERVER media over the weekend about an allegation that there has been slow recovery effort on the sister isle, despite the money pledged by foreign governments and individuals.

The Prime Minister asserted that every pledge collected so far was spent on Barbuda and he has blamed the Barbuda people for not taking more responsibility for their affairs.

“Every single cent that was collected has been spent in Barbuda and more. What needs to happen is Barbudans need to take responsibility to fix their homes. Government cannot resolve all of their financial problems,” Browne said.

“We have repaired public institutions and the reality is that Barbuda is significantly better today than it was several months ago, so I do not know what they are complaining about,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that the government has received US $10 million, and it still awaiting fulfilment of pledges totalling approximately EC $32 million from foreign governments.

“We still have about three million Canadian from the Canadian government, five million euros from the European Union to follow and three million pounds from the United Kingdom (UK) government,” he said.

He added that once the money has been collected, it will be spent on repairing critical infrastructure on the sister isle.

“It will be going into different projects – housing is one of the most critical projects. We also need to repair the infrastructure as well, especially the river dock that has been severely damaged and not just repair it but upgrade it,” he said.

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8 comments

  1. This is my intake. Its not Everything Gaston says is true. Now if all monies collected how the Hospital, General Post Office, Primary School and Police Station which falls under Govt haven't been touched yet. So where the monies went. Other than doing minor repairs on Hostel to house them where's the money. Persons from Barbuda had to spend their money on doing repairs to Barrymore and Dove Cove. Its so funny since the Govt receiving all these donations a lot have taking place in Antigua. A lot ground breaking, bailing out and road fixing. Same road fixing is been fund by monies for Barbuda. PM said so. Antigua State College repairs monies given to Barbuda. Hmmmm. We are still waiting on the report and up to now it can't be given.

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  2. And those said Antiguans ever told you they benefited from what the Barbudans was getting? From Nods and Multipurpose Centre when food clothing was giving out. What about the fees waived from Barrels from overseas. They too went down deep water harbour and got barrels cleared too. So how were Barbudans spoiled. And why refer to them as Jackasses. Smh. When u don't know. Everything that was giving or tried to be given to them Antiguans dip they hand in too
    Tell them give u the full story

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  3. Up to now Barbuda is in a sorry state, a 62 Sq mile island the Government turns a blind eye due to the fact that the Prime Minister lost his seat there.

    If Dominica can bounce back nicely after Hurricane Maria, why is Barbuda in a sorry state and all of a sudden we're seeing many projects being done in Antigua while Schools, Hospital and other Government buildings need repair and rebooting in Barbuda.

    Antigua must stop lie. The Prime Minister evacuated Barbuda to sell the island to the highest bidder. The people found out and we're enraged. Offcourse the people have to fight for the land they know and love.

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  4. You are absolutely right and spot on with your comments and suggestions. Well done. Let's hope you are heeded.

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  5. I have been told by people fromAntigua that Barbudans are act like spoiled children. Defiant for change. “Jackasses”

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    • And those said Antiguans ever told you they benefited from what the Barbudans was getting? From Nods and Multipurpose Centre when food clothing was giving out. What about the fees waived from Barrels from overseas. They too went down deep water harbour and got barrels cleared too. So how were Barbudans spoiled. And why refer to them as Jackasses. Smh. When u don't know. Everything that was giving or tried to be given to them Antiguans dip they hand in too
      Tell them give u the full story

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  6. You have to be careful with politicians and their wording. You are the prime minister of both islands not just one. It is your responsibility to educate the people ie. Barbudans on what they need to do. To say it is their fault for not taking advantage is to derelect you duty as a leader to communicate. Why are they not taking advantage? How can you ensure that they do? These are questions you the leader need to be asking and getting answers to. Surround yourself with peole who can get you the answers. 90% of the time the problem lies in poor communication. Get the information to the people, let them know what they should be doing, find people who can help and answer their questions. Dont just blame them. Be a leader take responsiblity and solve the problem. Leadership is not just photops after a tragedy. It is holding the people task with addressing the problem accountable. Stop blaming the people who are victims of a tragedy. Find out what the problem is. If they need mental services get it them. These people were forced to leave their homes due to tragedy and you are blaming them? Thats ridiculous

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    • Do you live there Carol and see what’s going on there??? I know for a fact that communication is critical.
      So is having an opinion without knowing all the facts and see hands on what’s going on there.

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