PM: Wealthy Italian donated $4 million to fund expansion of the Sir Novell Richards Academy

Sir Novelle Richards Academy (2017/file photo)

Prime Minister Gaston Browne revealed over the weekend that one of Italy’s richest men who he met with some time ago, is being latest upgrades a local school.


Browne did not name the individual but said that the donation came after meeting with the gentleman at Jumby Bay.


Construction on the annex to the Sir Novelle Richards Academy will begin at the end of the month.


The building materials and other supplies have been purchased.


The Italian philanthropist has provided a significant portion of the EC$4,000,000 and will complete the gifted amount in tranches as the structure progresses.


The philanthropist selected the construction company of his choosing.

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    • The man has been doing business/development for the last 20 years
      Some people actually love to give charity from their gains

  1. What is the name of the “Wealthy Italian”.Many persons have made large donations.They are not afraid to revealed their names.So what is the secrecy behind this one.Is he one of those CIP Passports,Citizen.

  2. Everything is secret, people that move in secret is just like people who move in darkness in dark clothing to break and enter. Roaches love darkness run when they see light, why everything has to be kept in the dark? We need to stop this undisclosed sum from a private entity nonsense. Represent the people and not yourself. Stop being Despiccable and govern properly. If secrets can be held for things like this what other secrets and cover ups are there?

  3. Why is it the PM always meet up on wealthy persons? Is this a coincidence? What is the name of the person? Just remember Antigua children are going up and they will need piece of land too. So if the Italian after land, tell him the remaining is for Antiguan.

    • @Reality
      So if the person donated millions to a school project, you would not five him a piece of land if he want to build a house here? That same house would be then build by locals with materials from a local businesses. Would most likely hire maids, property manager and so on to keep the place maintained. …Property taxes, etc. It would be a chain reaction of economic activities for Antigua.

  4. Real cloak and Dagger Italian by name Chinese by birth any man that Sports a Hitler moustache must be watch closely.

  5. The real question that needs to be answered is Who is the contractor? This is a public project for the betterment of the public at large. So that information should be made public. Individuals who make donations can remain anonymous if they so chose to do so. This individual has selected that option. Let’s find out who is carrying out the work. This company is the benefactor of the proceeds!

    • The same donor as he is a contractor/ property developer….
      All these foolish conspiracy theorists

  6. @jack. Just say so. The donator and developer are one. Don’t put out no statement that a wealthy Italian has donated funds to finish the school and he will choose a contractor of his choice! That’s double talk.

  7. There is a saying “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”
    Many who ask the question what is he getting in return need to look within their hearts why it is they asking this question. Perhaps they have lost faith in the sincerity of people. And that there is no one with a pure heart that gives for the simple reason of having a sense of care for others. I quess when the PM went begging for money for Barbuda, and it finally paid off in many now getting houses for free. That too had to be about getting something in return

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