Albany donates $300k to Over-the-Hill initiative
Albany Bahamas yesterday donated $300,000 to the government’s Over-the-Hill program.
Albany Senior Vice President Tyrone McKenzie presented the check to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister.
Minnis said Albany has committed to donating another $300,000 to the program.
The money will be used to redevelop the Southern Recreation Grounds, including the Archdeacon William Edward Thompson Softball Field.
“Next week we intend to have a groundbreaking for the redevelopment of the Southern Recreation Grounds,” Minnis said.
“Just before Christmas, we intend to hire about 40 to 50 young individuals from the Over-the-Hill community. They will be very happy as they will receive their checks, their first payment, before Christmas. So, they will have a happy Christmas.
“We are happy that we are receiving this from Albany today.”
McKenzie said he was delighted to partner with the government on the Over-the-Hill initiative.
“It certainly ties into Albany’s commitment [to] youth development and national building as a whole,” he said.
“Of course, this project has particular meaning and interest for me. All of my childhood was spent in Lewis Street and by extension St. Agnes Church.
“So, the Southern Recreation project has been an integral part of my life.”
Bains and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson and Centreville MP Reece Chipman also attended the presentation.
The Economic Empowerment Zones Bill was passed in Parliament in July and offers tax exemptions and benefits for residents and businesses in the designated economic zones.
The prime minister has noted that through these initiatives the government hopes to see a rebirth of the values, beauty and economic viability of Over-the-Hill.
He has said the idea of the initiative is to reinvigorate businesses, create job opportunities, stimulate higher living standards and improve the quality of life for residents of Over-the-Hill.
Education: College of The Bahamas, English