The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda says that the Barbuda Council “shall” continue to provide sand to the Central Government.
The council has denied reports that it refused to provide the sand to the government while supplying other countries.
The government claims that it has had to buy sand from Montserrat as a result, costing it a quarter of a million dollars.
“The Crown, through the Cabinet, exercises control over land in the unitary state of Antigua and Barbuda,” a statement said.
“The sand is to further a national purpose, including the roads, the runway, the buildings and the other infrastructural projects which bring benefits to all citizens and residents,” it added.
The country is said to be experiencing a construction boom and local aggregates is becoming a challenge to source.
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