All hands needed on deck

Dear Editor,

As the new prime minister, Hon. Philip Brave Davis, QC, fleshes out his administration, I would hope that several appointments be made to reflect national unity and continued nation building and reconstruction.

The Urban Renewal Commission, as then-led by the Hon. Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and the Hon. Algernon SPB Allen, was an excellent and highly effective community tool for the then-administration to directly impact the lives and housing conditions of thousands of Bahamians, especially in the inner city areas of New Providence and Grand Bahama.

I respectfully recommend to the Davis administration that Allen be reappointed as one of the chairs for the revamped Urban Renewal Commission.

He has the experience and passion to duplicate what he and Mother Pratt did before. I would also reappoint Mrs. Emmanuel over in Grand Bahama to her post. All hands are needed on deck at this critical juncture.

Relative to the office of the governor general, I recommend that Sir Cornelius Smith continue until next year to permit him to “retire” with civility and, of course, the appropriate gratuity and pension.

Once this is done, I recommend that the PM appoint the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie or Mother Pratt to the position of governor general with the concurrence of Her Majesty The Queen. Either of them would make Bahamians proud while recognizing their considerable collective public service over the past decades.

The reconstruction work in Abaco and Grand Bahama continues. It is clear that the people appointed by the FNM administration either dropped the ball or they really did not know what the hell they were doing.

The work is simply taking too long while residents on those two islands continue to catch hell right here on earth.

May I suggest that the Davis administration appoint (with his agreement, of course) the former prime minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, as national recovery czar for those two islands. Ingraham is an Abaco native.

As a former PM, he has extensive knowledge as to how to circumvent the system where necessary to effectively get things done, on the ground.

He offered to assist former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, but we all know just how Minnis operated. He was a one man band, in the truest sense of the word, and appeared to be intolerant of anyone sharing the light with him.

Now, however, is not the time for pussyfooting and playing doll house games. Collectively, we need and require all able bodied hands on deck.

To quote the late first prime minister of our wonderful nation, the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling: “Fish, cut bait or get the hell out of the boat.” This rings as true today as it did decades ago.

Bahamians have entrusted Brave and the new PLP with our future. He is more than aware that while he and the administration will be given a political honeymoon, the bulk of Bahamians expect to see and feel concrete things in short order.

If he fails to deliver, the tenure of the new PLP would be just as slippery and tenuous as the FNM’s.

Ortland H. Bodie, Jr.

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