Gov’t defends “free” One Nation Concert

UB40 will headline One Nation Concert on Saturday

The government has come out in defense of this weekend’s One Nation Concert after the opposition said it was a slap in the face to people who donated to the Barbuda relief effort.

United Progressive Party (UPP) leader Harold Lovell said the government is spending $250 thousand dollars for the “free” event on Saturday.

Writing on his Facebook page, the UPP leader said, “this is very disrespectful of our citizens as well as the many donors, whether individuals, agencies or countries, who have come to our assistance to help rebuild Barbuda.”

Lovell questioned the justification for the spending when “six months after Carnival, prizes and fees for many artistes and vendors remain unpaid.”

“We condemn this concert! It is a wrong move by the government, especially at this time,” he said.

In response, Cabinet spokes man and Information Minister Melford Nicholas defended the venture which will be staged for the second consecutive year.

He told reporters that the government must serve more than “the narrow interest of the Barbudans”

The minister said “the One Nation Concert really brings together the gelling and congealing of all the efforts of the people who live here.”

“We have people from all over the Caribbean living and residing in Antigua and that is the unity that we want to build upon,” he said.

Nicholas said the Barbudans have been well taken care of and so the argument only to spend money on them is unjustified.

He said the concert will be an annual event.

This year, it will feature UB40, Christopher Martin and other local and regional performers.

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  1. Of course the government will defend its position for throwing money to swines while the horses and donkeys that have carried this country far and wide every carnival season gets a simple “when arh you go come and support our national culture carnival”, “arh you want JABS?” etc.

    My point at this time is that, when you have social security pensioners and beneficiaries are getting their tiny benefits into the third and fourth months, how can you justify having such money lavishing concerts? Where are the governments priority concerns?

    Even for the new school in tomlinson’s Government still owes contractors, suppliers, and even security companies? Garbage Browne where are your priorities?

    Even now some Health workers, Solid Waste, and PWD workers are still owed overtime for last independence up till now. PM Garbage Browne where are your priorities?

    Even now, contractors, workers of 47 Homes in 1200 days are still to be paid, even so they are to be paid above the basic wages. these workers where hired and are being paid under the laws of the land minimum/basic wage. Again PM Garbage Browne where are your priorities.

    Now let all the crackers and cheese filled mouths respond by saying hee-haw. Wrong is wrong!

  2. Tupzzzz y’all making noise yet y’all who making the most noise will be first in line at the show
    Give me an asprain please

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