Barbados: Watching that video of the Prime Minister of Barbados destroying the image and waving the magic flag to solve our water problems, one could only remind Barbadians of the BLP “Covenant Of Hope”.
That Covenant of Hope is now a “Valley of Dry Bones”, but unlike Ezekiel, no life is going to come from those dry bones. The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) under the then Minister, Dr. David Estwick started a water relief, or as the technocrats would say, a water augmentation programme that would have brought relief to the residents of St.Andrew, St.Lucy, St.Thomas and the worst of the lot, St.Joseph.
Under a DLP Government, nine productive water wells were dug at Golden Grove Plantation in St. Philip, supported by a programme of laying water mains.
The former Government also dug two more productive wells at Groves Plantation in St. George to provide 9 million gallons per day; new mains were laid from those new wells into the reservoir at Castle Grant. It made no sense to put fresh water in old leaking mains. The good book says: “Do not put new wine in old skins.”
The water from those wells at Golden Grove Plantation in St.Philip would have gone to a new reservoir at Vineyard and from Vineyard into the tanks at Mount Pleasant.
The DLP chose Mount Pleasant because it has a 3,000 ft drop, and the gravity would eliminate the need for a pumping station at Mount Pleasant. The water from those tanks would go to Golden Ridge, Bowmanston, Castle Grant and the reservoir in St.Lucy.
It should be made clear that the funding was provided by the IADB.
In addition, the DLP government reviewed all the contracts and brought in the first phase of the project on time and within budget, saving the people of Barbados $5 million. But there were other forces at work.
With the help of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU); National Union of Public Workers (NUPW); the holy ghost train and some Barbados Labour Party (BLP) operatives in the Private Sector, the project was delayed and undermined to meet political objectives.
The project was going very well to the lender (IADB) satisfaction and project managers of the company INFRA. But that was not good enough for the BLP. Power, not country, comes first with them. The propaganda campaign began about corruption, bribery and all manner of public relations stunts were engaged in, led by then Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.
The BLP came into office in 2018 and new Minister Wilfred Abrams like a bull in a ring facing a red flag, did the following:
1. Removed all the water tanks that were installed by the DLP in water-scarce villages, citing corruption and improper work practices.
2. Scrapped all plans for the desalination plants, including the one at the Belle that was a work in progress and fully funded by the Canadian Government.
3. Cancelled the mains laying programme for absolutely no good reason, only to restart it two years later with much fanfare and promises of relief in six months made by the Prime Minister. Please note they used the SAME company that was allegedly corrupt with lousy management practices while they were in Opposition.
We are now approaching one year later. No tanks at Mount Pleasant; no reservoir at Vineyard and not a word from the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Barbados Water Authority (BWA), BWU, NUPW or any of those who pretended to have the interest of Barbadians at heart on these matters of social importance.
Like all other things, they are waiting to blame Covid, the Volcanic eruption in St. Vincent and last but not least, the DLP.
The water problem has worsened as a result of a government that made hot and sweaty political decisions; trying to destroy a previous administration but with no water policy in place.
They now conduct the Government with fancy phrases, public relations stunts and every day press conferences where Ministers talk alot but at the same time say nothing, following the example of the Prime Minister.
They forget that the election is over. Lies and deception cannot solve our current social and economic problems.
The people of all these parishes gave the BLP full support. They made every vote count. But today they have no “Covenant of Hope.” They are in a valley of dry bones, waiting for Ezekiel.
The performance of the BLP can best be described in the context of Matthew 24:24. “For false Christ’s and false prophets will rise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
The Democratic Labour Party.
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