Immediately Remove All Taxes on The Importation of Water Storage Supplies, Lovell advises

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The main opposition United Progressive Party is making suggestions on ways to bring water relief to residents.

UPP leader Harold Lovell wants the Gaston Browne government to Immediately Remove All Taxes on The Importation of Water Storage Supplies.

He told a press conference this wee: We look at the situation regarding the failed water promises by the prime minister.

The prime minister has failed to deliver adequate water to the people, despite spending millions and promising the world, while missing every deadline that he has imposed for water delivery.

He has now resorted to blaming APUA staff, to distract from his failed leadership. Gaston Browne has gone so low as to accuse the APUA staff of sabotaging water delivery by shutting off valves.

He is clearly out of his realm in addressing the water issue, and owes the hardworking staff at APUA an apology. We’re therefore forced to add the lack of water to the list of ABLP failures.

The nation is howling in protest, from one corner of the country to the next. More than eight years into the ABLP-managed administration, the water crisis has become so severe in certain areas that the only source of daily water is through delivery trucks.

The ABLP promised that reverse osmosis plants would increase the water supply and solve the water problem. The situation has not improved despite various pledges and commitments from the Prime Minister.

The ABLP government continues to give a litany of excuses. We were told that the problem would be solved by September of this year. This was the date that was given for the water problem to be resolved.

The United Progressive Party, we recognize that a permanent fix for the challenges faced will not be accomplished overnight. We understand that the Antigua Public Utilities Authority, despite their best efforts, will not be able to fix this problem in the immediate to short term.  And the United Progressive Party, we pledge to put the necessary plans, policies, programs in place, and personnel, to have this problem fixed in a comprehensive way, once and for all.

However, whilst we work towards finding the long term solutions, we believe that other measures should be taken to ameliorate the challenges of storage faced by many low income families, small farmers and small businesses.

This problem of storage, we intend to address in the following way:

As a UPP administration, we will, and we call upon this government to immediately introduce what we refer to as the WATER Programme, which is the Water Tank and Equipment Relief Programme, the WATER Programme.

Under this programme, we say, for a period of 12 months, the UPP will remove all taxes related to the importation of water storage tanks, water pumps, pressure tanks, electrical and plumbing fixtures, and all other supplies and equipment necessary in order for persons to be able to get water.

We are aware that currently many persons have to face the expense of installing a pump, a pressure tank, as well as other fixtures in order to have running water for their families.

It is only right, therefore, that in light of the increased burden placed on the backs of the people of this nation, that a government should have enough empathy for the people to waive all taxes related to the importation of water tanks, equipment, and other fixtures and fittings.

And a UPP administration, once elected, we will do this. But in the meantime, we call on the Gaston Browne administration immediately to remove all taxes on the importation of the items mentioned.

We go further to say that over a period of two years, the UPP will make a minimum of $5 million available to the Antigua and Barbuda Development Bank.

These funds will be used specifically on low interest loans in order to allow persons to be able to buy the necessary pumps and tanks and other plumbing and electrical fixtures and fittings, to make their lives bearable.

And so we want to re-emphasize what we propose to do. We propose for a period of 12 months, as an interim measure, to remove all taxes for the importation of water products. And over two years, we will make available $5 million, which will be utilized for low interest loans in order to help low income families in particular.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. These requests have become so comical I wonder what will be posted in a matter of hours as per his new request. But as I have stated give this fool and political idiat #HFWL his space to make his last dance.

    • Lovell is now exposing his Dunceness to the highest degree…… Come on Lovell, you are embarring us, the Grammarians.

  2. What next will say government should make everyone remain at home for the rest of the yuletide season? Government should bake all ham, turkey and cake for everyone?

    This man has clearly lost it. I am honestly questioning his mental health.

    • Avatar photo Joanne Massiah: "You want to entrust the economy to a man whose first degree is in ROCKS and DIRT?" 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

      More than lost it. Take a good look at him.

      Same Ole playbook still being used by the loser boy.

    • @Just saying you clearly lack vision and dunce like a bat! Why not look at the bigger picture and take note that this is a form of relief I am sure u would enjoy to! U are a total idiot its not even funny!!

  3. Immediately remove King Lyadd Lovell Limpy Joe IMF Pimp!!!!!!

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    • @ Smh

      I agree ‘LOVELL IS A SPENT FORCE’ , but I would rather have his ‘spent force for antiguans’,because Lovell love and care for Antiguns……..more than ……….

      ….THAN THE TEARGAS FORCE THAT WICKED GASTON AND CUTIE AND THE 15 OTHER PARLIAMENTARIANS LEGGO PAN ANTIGUA PEOPLE ON 08/08/2021…..THEY USED SO MUCH FORCE, DELIBERATELY HURTING PEOPLE AND CAUSING PEOPLE TO CHOKE, REACH A HOSPITAL, MASH UP PEOPLE HOUSE, PEOPLE SPIT BLOOD, IS THAT THE KIND OF FORCE YOU LIKE FROM GASTON AND HIS MINIONS.
      THEY HAVE TO GO, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER

  4. What taxes are on water tanks? Last I checked a year ago they were free of import taxes. Government even went as far as giving out tanks free of cost to needy households. I then ask the question what did the UPP do when faced with a not as harsh water crisis? My mind goes back to Lovell (when minister of finance) advising persons to curtail their use of water and bathe only once a day. Imagine where we would be if the 30 million usd wasted on the Wadadli power plant had been used on investing on reverse osmosis plants? APUA under the ABLP administration has gone from producing 3.3 million gallons of water a day (under the UPP they increased water production by 300K a day, since before they came into office apua was producing 3 million a day) to now 7 million gallons a day, 300K a day increase under the UPP vs 4 million increase under the ABLP. Antigua now gets less rain water than before 2014, due to Unless you are bad at math, it clear the ABLP admin has done more to deal with the water crisis than the UPP did

  5. @ tenman

    try and comfort yourself…..the fact is…

    THEY PROMISED WATER PROBLEMS WILL BE SOLVED IN 14 DAYS, WE ARE NOW IN YEAR 9 AND THE PROBLEM GETTING WORSE…MAYBE A YOU AND GASTON ALONE HAVE REGULAR RUNNING WATER, but as far as I know, mommy, daddy and pickney can’t bathe.
    tek off your blinders because u not fooling anyone on here u useful minion/idiat

    • @SEND TEAR-GASSING.. –Stop lie. PM promised to improve the water situation, not solve it, in 14 days. Within 14 days of being in office he negotiated with SEMBCORP and got them to increase water production from 3 million to 4 million. Promise made, promise kept. Beyond that water production has gone from 3.3 million to not 7 million under this ABLP led admin. Unless you are blind, you would have seen the major work in progress of removing the old pipes

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    • @Smh
      I agree ‘LOVELL IS A SPENT FORCE’ , but I would rather have his ‘spent force for antiguans’,because Lovell love and care for Antiguns……..more than ……….

      ….THAN THE TEARGAS FORCE THAT WICKED GASTON AND CUTIE AND THE 15 OTHER PARLIAMENTARIANS LEGGO PAN ANTIGUA PEOPLE ON 08/08/2021…..THEY USED SO MUCH FORCE, DELIBERATELY HURTING PEOPLE AND CAUSING PEOPLE TO CHOKE, REACH A HOSPITAL, MASH UP PEOPLE HOUSE, PEOPLE SPIT BLOOD, IS THAT THE KIND OF FORCE YOU LIKE FROM GASTON AND HIS MINIONS.
      THEY HAVE TO GO, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER

  7. Lovell perhaps doesn’t know that the government gave thousands of water tanks free to the people of this country that needed them.

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