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Foulkes hopes for ‘quick employment’ for storm victims

Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said the government is working with several construction companies to provide “quick employment” for residents from islands impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

“We are looking at the possibility of quick employment in Abaco and in Grand Bahama,” Foulkes told The Nassau Guardian.

“There are several construction companies that are moving very quickly to rebuild.

“We are in conjunction with the various ministries and the various departments of the government to coordinate a quick return of the residents to Grand Bahama and to Abaco, so that they can take advantage of the employment opportunities on the islands.

“There will be a lot of job opportunities that will be made available and we’re trying to make sure that we have the right process in place.”

Foulkes was unable to say how many job opportunities will be available for storm victims.

However, he insisted that there will be “a lot of jobs”, especially on Abaco and its cays.

“We just want to make sure that we can put the process in place and persons can have a smooth transition back to Abaco and back to Grand Bahama to take advantage of the jobs,” the minister said.

Dorian is the strongest hurricane to ever hit The Bahamas.

It has displaced thousands of people and left hundreds missing.

The official death toll so far is at least 58.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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