Jobs in Barbuda: Cabinet welcomes all to help rebuild

Workers covering a roof in Barbuda (Miami Herald Photo).

The Cabinet of Antigua & Barbuda has reversed an earlier decision to restrict clean-up and restoration work in Barbuda to solely Barbudans.

After convening on Wednesday, the Cabinet decided to allow the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to hire any “person living in Antigua, regardless of place of birth” who has interest in employment in Barbuda.

“It was agreed that as many as 80 workers, four shifts of 20 persons each, would be assigned the task to complete those buildings that do not require a lot in order to make them habitable,” notes from Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst read.

“The object is to speed recovery along so that many families can return to Barbuda.”

The prime minister and other government officials had earlier noted that native Barbudans were not returning to rebuild their home in as large a quantity as was hoped for.

Labourers who take the jobs must be willing to travel and remain in Barbuda for a week at a time to rebuild category 1 and 2 homes, those with the least damage.

“The object is to make Barbuda ready to receive several hundred Barbudan families by the end of the year.”

“APUA water and electricity are now available; the Secondary school is to be readied; the homes of teachers and parents will also be targeted for repairs so that a semblance of normalcy can return to the sister isle,” the notes read.

A daily wage has not yet been settled on.

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  1. Barbudans need to stand up and raise theirs hands. I’m sick and tired of them blaming others. Blame Gaston, blame the government, blame everybody else. Barbudans you have to take the initiative. Stop complaining and ask what can i do for Barbuda? Barbudans you lead we will follow. Barbudans sound so helpless constantly complaining. They sound as if they enjoy wallowing in the blame game and self pity. Gaston want to take our land. Enough about Gaston. Where are your pride Barbudans? They make Gaston out to be the boogie man. Barbudans are afraid of their own challenges. They are overtly dependent minded.

  2. Hurricanes are not new to us. Instinctively we learn how to live with hurricanes. Barbudans are not willing to show adaptability and resilience to hurricane. Everybody is rebuilding except them. They want Gaston to rebuild for them. They sound so pathetic and helpless. Guess what Barbudans more hurricanes will be coming. What’s going to be your plan? Blame Gaston?

  3. Am from st.vincent I would like to work in barbuda please contact me 17845316725 I do carpentry and masonry

  4. Some US Marines with almost 100 volunteers are planning to be on the Island starting 12/20 for 3 months. They want to help rebuild their “ancestral home.” Wonderful!

  5. This is my contact number 1868 7961792 am from Trinidad an I will like to have a work with you all

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