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BPSU president says he is ‘unconcerned’ with politics over post office move

Bahamas Public Services Union President Kimsley Ferguson said yesterday that the union is unconcerned with the politics of the relocation of the General Post Office to the Town Centre Mall.

He said the union’s only concern was moving workers into a safe working environment, and that that has been accomplished.

“My only concern is I wanted the persons who we represent out of harms way,” he said.

“I really wasn’t concerned as to where they were going to be placed, but my concern was that they were placed in a healthy environment.

“As it relates to the controversial issues surrounding the post office, I really leave that to the politicians.”

Ferguson added, “I don’t have any feeling as it relates to where they are. They are in an environment and it’s not hazardous to their health. That’s my concern.”

The General Post Office was relocated to Town Centre Mall, which is owned by St. Anne’s MP Brent Symonette and his brother, in May following longstanding complaints over poor and dangerous conditions at the former East Hill Street location.

The resolution to lease the space was passed in the House of Assembly on October 24, 2018. Symonette declared his interest in the property a week after the resolution was tabled in Parliament.

The issue of the move came to the forefront in recent weeks.

While Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis had insisted that Symonette was not involved in any discussions regarding the post office’s relocation, Symonette revealed in an interview with Shenique Miller on ZNS network on July 2 that he and the prime minister discussed the terms of the lease when Minnis called him on the matter. He did not say when the call was made, but indicated it came ahead of the government’s resolution to lease the space.

Symonette’s revelation differed from the wording of the resolution, which said that Symonette took part in no discussions surrounding the decision to lease his property.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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