PLP says rent for Smith is a waste
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the $9,000 per month that the government will spend on housing for Governor General C. A. Smith is an unnecessary expense.
It was revealed yesterday that the government will be allocating the funds for the rental of a home in Port New Providence as Government House undergoes “extensive renovations”.
“They were not paying rent for the previous governor general, and I would have thought that by now they would have done what was necessary to repair Government House,” Davis said at a press conference at PLP headquarters.
“So again, it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“They ought to have been thinking about what was necessary. Government House should have been repaired a long time ago.”
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior government official told The Nassau Guardian that payment for the housing 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”.
“I have been advised that the roof has been leaking for the last almost four years or more,” Davis said.
“Those works that are required that they are doing now, they could have been done some time ago, because the house was only being used over the last four years for ceremonial and state functions.
“The opportunity was there to repair it. We could have saved this $9,000 a month if they had done what they ought to have done.”
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 an 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.
Smith later apologized.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish