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DNA party statement: Poor Gov't Planning Holds Grand Bahamians Hostage
Friday, 24 February 2012 09:27

DNA candidate for Pine Ridge, Osman Johnson The unemployed masses on Grand Bahama Island continue to be ignored by successive administrations’ lack of vision to provide adequate economic opportunities.

In the face of the insurmountable evidence against them however, State Finance Minister Zhivargo Laing would have the public believe that the government’s recent National Job Readiness Program is a roaring success when, in fact, it is nothing more than a poorly planned and executed political ploy.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is gravely concerned that, even now, months after the program’s inception, no checks and balances were established to ensure that Bahamian workers were not terminated so that employers could take advantage of “free government labour.”

 Recent reports indicate that the heavily touted Jump Start Program is also failing. The DNA believes that the program is a good one, but not when Grand Bahamians are again being punished for the government’s failure to properly plan and execute its own policies.

For instance, it has come to the Party’s attention that the 25 successful Grand Bahama applicants, who were unveiled to much pomp and pageantry some six weeks ago, have yet to receive promised funding.

DNA candidate for Pine Ridge, Osman Johnson noted that while these latest developments are unfortunate, the Government’s lack of courtesy is not surprising.

He said that the Government has, once again, presented misrepresentation to Bahamians in the shape of this so-called Jump Start program, as they have misled our people once again, with a program that cannot begin, let alone deliver.

“We do not need anymore false hopes or political gimmicks from this administration. The entrepreneurial community on Grand Bahama needs some semblance of direction and a clear vision as to how we will improve the business environment, which affects our economy on this island,” Mr. Johnson said.

There is absolutely no excuse for such a delay. Details should have been finalized before any public announcement. Instead, these aspiring young entrepreneurs are forced to put their business plans on hold to accommodate the inadequacies of this disorganized administration.

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