Pintard says govt needs greater sense of urgency

Marco City MP Michael Pintard said the government is on the right track on many issues, but its lack of urgency is hampering some Bahamians.

He made the comment in the House of Assembly on Wednesday night during debate on a resolution expressing confidence in Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.

“If you ask me, are we on the right road? I’d say in many areas, yes,” Pintard said.

“Are we moving at the right pace? Mr. Speaker, I want to humbly submit that there has to be a greater sense of urgency.

“That means that we are to be more collaborative. The public continues to make that point to us.

“There are some talented people in the business community that just wants the government to get out of the way.”

Pintard said some Bahamians who lost their homes in Hurricane Dorian are still waiting for help from the government in rebuilding efforts.

“There are some folks right now who are waiting for building supplies so that they are able to get back in their homes to revive the economy of the islands that they are on,” he said.

“And, Mr. Speaker, I was sent here to also echo their voice.”

Pintard also called for the government to move more quickly with some other promised initiatives.

“I look forward to seeing urban agriculture as the prime minister has committed to throughout the inner-city areas on the vacant properties that we have cleared over and over but have grown back up,” he said.

Pintard said the government has to better integrate local talent into its decision-making process.

He also called for the government to promote greater input from the public by increasing town meetings where views and concerns can be expressed.

“There is some talent that is being underutilized that we have to find ways of fully integrating into the decisions that we are making on behalf of our people,” he said.

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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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