Davis: No urgency on dome city

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday the government has not shown enough urgency in getting temporary housing on Abaco up and running.

Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis said earlier this week that the Family Relief Centre on Abaco was progressing slower than expected due to issues with the property.

“There seems to be no sense of urgency on the part of the government to alleviate the challenges that displaced Abaconians face,” Davis said.

“And it’s just typical of the government that they don’t seem to get it…that they need to get people home.”

He added, “I am still in contact with a number of displaced Abaconians in Nassau who are still crying for assistance. Frustration of their family members here in New Providence who are lending a helping hand is being exacerbated by not only the fact that they have basically outstayed their welcome, but [also] the uncertainty as to when [they can return].”

Hurricane Dorian leveled parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco in early September, leaving at least 70 dead and thousands homeless.

The Family Relief Centre was planned to be a temporary housing site for storm victims. However, nearly five months after the storm, Lewis said just over 40 domes have been installed of the planned 250.

Davis said at this point people are getting ready to rebuild their homes.

He said that at this rate, the government would have been better off allocating the money spent on the domes to helping people repair their damaged homes.

“You know, it might have been a better use of resources to attempt to assist people to at least have temporary relief at their homes and then form a phased approach move to have a complete restoration of their homes,” he said.

“But again, the government just seems oblivious.”

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Rachel Knowles

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

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