The government will spend $9,000 per month to rent a home in Port New Providence for Governor General C.A. Smith, a senior government official confirmed yesterday.
The source said the government does not intend to cover Smith’s rent for his entire tenure as governor general and that the payments were the result of ongoing “extensive” renovations at Government House.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that payment will come from contingency funding.
The 2019/2020 budget allocates $75,000 for the governor general’s personal emoluments.
The official said work at the governor general’s official residence will make the house “uninhabitable”.
It is unclear when renovations at Government House will start or finish.
Smith declined to comment when reached yesterday.
On Friday, Smith was sworn in as governor general, succeeding Dame Marguerite Pindling, who demitted office after serving for just under five years.
It followed Smith’s controversial announcement that he had resigned as ambassador and was set to become governor general after Queen Elizabeth II appointed him.
The announcement was made before any formal statement from the government.
The revelation was made public after a video of the event was posted on social media.
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