Robinson reflects on FNM’s past two years
Admitting that he doesn’t always agree with the government’s decisions, Bains and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson credited the Minnis administration for its tough decisions since its two years in office; decisions which he said “will benefit the masses of the Bahamian people”.
“Well, let me tell you when I got into Bains Town after winning, thanks to the great people of Bains and Grants Town for seeing it necessary to elect me, we had a tremendous lot of work to do,” Robinson told The Nassau Guardian following the opening of a branch office of the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), at the Edmund Moxey Youth and Community Center for residents of Over-the-Hill last week.
“And so, my team and I, we got on the ground with a jump start running.
“We put in a number of programs: We instituted the community Bahama Host program. We brought about the Bains and Grants Town Centre for Academic Development and Enrichment. We launched a roofing repair assistance program. We instituted the uniform school assistance for the community. We instituted a community health and wellness initiative and the list goes on.
“So, we had a lot of progress in Bains and Grants Town.
“What we focused on in Bains and Grants Town for the first two years since being elected was building people’s lives.
“And so, we put on a lot of academic development and upgrading courses that allowed people to develop themselves which will ultimately allow them to take care of themselves because I realized a lot of [people] in the community were not looking for handouts, they were looking for hand-ups.
“And so, that’s what we’ve been focusing on.
“Two years into this, I can say that Travis Robinson is certainly not the young man he came in as.
“I’m much more matured and well-rounded and I appreciate the lessons the people in the community have taught me.
“I appreciate the process so far and I believe that the country is indeed in good hands under the FNM (Free National Movement) government because we’ve made some tough, tough decisions; decisions that I didn’t always agree with but I stuck with this government and with the prime minister because I believe and I know that we are going to continue to make the right decisions that will benefit the masses of the Bahamian people.
“And so, as we continue, I believe that the Bahamian people can only expect good, better and best.”
Last June, Robinson along with Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine were fired from their government-appointed posts after voting against the government’s increase in value-added tax (VAT) from 7.5 percent to 12 percent.
McAlpine, Robinson, Miller and Centreville MP Reece Chipman joined the three opposition MPs and voted against the increase in VAT.
Twenty-four MPs voted yes, seven voted no and seven were absent.
Following his termination, Robinson said there was no hostility between he and Minnis, but his allegiance remains with his constituents.
“My one vote in this honorable House of Assembly is mortgaged to the people of Bains and Grants Town and to them alone,” he said.
“My integrity is not for sale. My conviction is not for sale. My one vote is not for sale.”
Asked what the Bahamian people could expect in the next three years, Robinson said they could expect money directly in their pocket.
“…What that simply means is that the government is going to now be passing the kinds of legislation that is going to be people-centered,” he said.
“… I want the Bahamian people to stay focused [and] to remain steady because a lot of rhetoric is going on at this time and it’s easy to get sidetracked and distracted from the naysayers but we can say today that the country’s economy is in a better position than it was two years ago…”