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Govt signs land grant with Junkanoo Corp.

The government has signed an agreement to transfer more than 13 acres of Crown land to the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence (JNCP), Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced at a Free National Movement drive-in rally on Saturday.

“Everybody knows I’m a Saxon,” Minnis said. “I don’t hide that. I don’t hide that. But for the Junkanoo Corporation, we have already signed the grant and given the Junkanoo Corporation 13.02 acres of land on the main Gladstone Road. That has already been done so that you can establish your Junkanoo and cultural village.

“You will hear a lot more about that later on. I’m only giving you tonight a tip of the iceberg because the Tootsie Roll is to come next week.”

JCNP President Dion Miller said yesterday the agreement was signed “a little over a month ago”.

He said the renewable lease is for 21 years.

“This has been something that we have been working with the government of The Bahamas on since, I’d say, the end of May,” Miller said.

“We’re happy to have it resolved and to be awarded this parcel of land for Junkanooers.”

Asked when construction of the facility will start, he replied, “The immediate step for us is to form a special committee to begin planning for the project. So, we have to form a committee.

“We have to plan and obviously reach out to the Junkanoo community, so that everyone can have involvement and input in the project and then comes the financing. We have to put a strong and comprehensive plan together to generate the funds to make the project a reality.”

Miller said there are ongoing discussions between the government and the JCNP about funding.

He said those discussions were placed on hold as a result of the election.

“But we anticipate that as soon as the election has concluded, we will start re-engaging the government on funding of the project,” Miller said.

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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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