HURST REPORTS ON CABINET of Wednesday 25 January 2023
The Cabinet commenced its first meeting, post-elections, with prayers from Major Pierre of the Salvation Army. Each month, a different priest from one of the several religious denominations in Antigua and Barbuda prays with the Cabinet, before the start of its weekly Wednesday meeting. The Cabinet is comprised of the Prime Minister who serves as Chairman, the Seven Ministers who have been appointed and assigned portfolios, and a Cabinet Secretary. The other elected member of the ABLP Team has been appointed Deputy Speaker.
1.i. The Cabinet invited to its meeting the Director, Permanent Secretary and the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works. The Works Department is the first to begin the re-set of the Ministries now that new Ministers have been appointed additional subject areas. It was decided that all contracts, both small and large, emanating from the Ministry of Works, will come before Cabinet for final approval in order to continue to achieve the transparency that the administration has been pursuing since 2014. This review of contracts will also govern in the case of National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the Central Board of Health (CBH).
- The Cabinet applauded the New Minister of Works and the Technical Team for addressing Lablahlie Street in Grays Farm/Green Bay. The plan to resurface that street using concrete has been rapidly advanced. Already, the cement, the steel, the aggregates and the machines necessary to complete the resurfacing are being moved in place to complete the resurfacing of that 200-plus yards of that strip of road within weeks.
iii. The Minister of Works reported that the resurfacing of the Anchorage Road has been halted until such time as the new pipes delivering water have been installed, since the existing pipes are more than 60 years old.
- The Minister also announced that a Rapid Response Team has been established for the purpose of ensuring that whenever large potholes appear in any street, the Team can be dispatched to make immediate repairs. The Cabinet anticipates that from time-to-time, especially after heavy rainfalls, potholes will appear in streets that are travelled by motorists.
- The Cabinet also decided to bring all quarry and road unit workers up-to-date with owed overtime payments. The sum of money will be transferred from the Citizenship by Investment Programme to meet the outstanding obligations owed to quarry workers.
- The Cabinet also invited the Chief Executive Officer of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). It was triggered by a notice sent out by the United Kingdom Government that its agency will be examining all the CIP Programmes in the English-speaking Caribbean, with a view to determine the extent to which those programs undermine the Security of the UK. Antigua and Barbuda has an extremely strong due diligence investigative machinery in place; it ensures that only those high-caliber applicants that have no negative reports are approved for citizenship.
- 3. The Minister of Education reports that there have been break-ins at several schools in the past week. He therefore proposed that, in addition to the patrols by the Police and the Military, more security features be added. The Cabinet agreed to increase security by way of additional cameras and alarm systems.
- The Cabinet took a decision to hault temporarily the chartered flights emanating from West Africa. The rules governing the member-countries of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) are very strict; Antigua Airways had not complied fully with all of them. The organizers have pledged to fix all the deficiencies before resuming their service across the Atlantic from the Motherland.
- 5. The Cabinet has learned of the death of Dr. Sir Alford Walwyn, a National Honouree who provided decades of service to helping those whose eyesight had to be corrected. He was a great eye surgeon removing thousands of cataracts thereby causing improvement in patients’ ability to see. The Cabinet decided to offer an official funeral for this Knight Grand Cross recipient who will be buried next month.
- The Members of the House of Representatives will take the Oath of Allegiance to be followed by the election of the Speaker, on the morning of February 17th, 2023. Later that afternoon, the members of the Senate will take the Oath of Allegiance followed by the Election of the President of the Senate. The Joint Sitting of both Houses of Parliament will convene on February 20th to hear the Speech from the Throne.
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GIVE ME A BREAK. GO AND FIX THOSE EXCAVATED PATHS ON FACTORY ROAD. IT IS IMPEDING THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC IN THE MORNING. DONT ANYONE FROM THIS JOKEY GOVERNMENT OR PUBLIC WORK TRAVERSE THIS ROAD IN THE MORNING AND SEE THE BOTTLE NECK THESE DIGGINGS CREATE ESPECIALLY THE ONE OPPOSITE POLICE GROUND. WHEN WILL STOP BEING A JOKEY COUNTRY WHERE ROAD WORKS ARE CONCERNED? COME ON MAN GO AND PATCH BACK THOSE AREAS.
BIG UP HON. MARIA BROWNE!!
The Cabinet applauded the New Minister of Works and the Technical Team for addressing Lablahlie Street in Grays Farm/Green Bay. The plan to resurface that street using concrete has been rapidly advanced. Already, the cement, the steel, the aggregates and the machines necessary to complete the resurfacing are being moved in place to complete the resurfacing of that 200-plus yards of that strip of road within weeks.
Nutten tarl go so!
Richard Lewis is the one who has been trying for the longest while to get that road fixed. He could not fix it like some others because be did not have the equipment.
He approached Public works about it. When Pixie Tinkerbell heard that Public works planned to help him get it fixed, She run up there in she high heels and power suit and declared victory.
Richard Lewis has been calling long time for that road to get fixed. Listen to his speeches at the rallies. It is the same thing with the Keeling Point Pier. She husband rush in and gave the impression he was the one who initiate getting it fix.
MINISTER MARIA BROWNE got the job done per the ABLP GOVERNMENT ROAD WORKS PROGRAM that commenced some years ago.
(The opposition whimp was there for a photo-op).
TANNY ROSE has long been calling for that road to be addressed.
ABLP GOVERNMENT has delivered to the people of Grays Green 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
More communities to follow suit……stay tuned.
Thank you HON. MARIA BROWNE
Keep up the great work HON. MARIA BROWNE 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
So now that the smuggling is complete they shut down Nigeria Airways…
Missed opportunity! I honestly believe that the PM missed an opportunity to renew and promote his agenda by keeping Max Hurst in place. This would mean more of the same. Elections provides the greatest opportunity for a renewal and I think that the PM should have used this opportunity to introduce fresh blood and fresh ideas into the field of Cabinet Spokesman. Many believe that Mr Hurst time has come and he should be retired.
@audley. EXACTLY! Mr Hurst is due retirement.
His pandering prose is stale.
“high-caliber applicants” for citizenship. Do the Caninet mean like Choksi or the CIP citizen who flew into Canada and demanded of immigration to see the Prime Minister thereby causing Canada to impose a travel visa on Antigua? UK going clap a travel visa on Antigua just now. Watch and see.
Can Mr Pringle correctly pronounce the word C-A-B-I-N-E-T?
I would suggest that Mr Pringle take oratorical classes. As the leader of the opposition, he is expected to speak on many occasions and on many topics.
When he asked to speak, he will be representing the people. The connotation by outsiders will be “Antiguan are uneducated”. Please help him.
Tanny rose preach about that on sly j show for years and Gail Christian had already put in for that to be fixed but they were waiting on materials. Minister Maria Browne came through!
Lablarlee Raod getting attention thanks to Labour Party!
He has shown that he can adjust his pronunciation from listening to my speaking in my class.
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