Prime Minister Minnis Still Focused on Saving Lives

Jan 13, 2021

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s address by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis:

“In yesterday’s address to the nation, Prime Minister Minnis spoke to the challenges our nation has faced and the struggles that have impacted all Bahamians, from Hurricane Dorian to the global pandemic. The Prime Minister also focused on his administration’s determined efforts to save lives and protect the health of Bahamians. He has shown throughout he will not balk at crisis, he is not paralyzed by these monumental challenges and will always seek to put people above politics. Sadly, the same can’t be said of previous administrations or our friends across the aisle.

“As the pandemic devastated our economy and placed terrible hardship on so many families, the Minnis Administration went to work delivering necessary food assistance, spending $17.2 million to feed over 100,000 Bahamians thus far. As he highlighted in his address, this Government will continue working to ensure those in need during this pandemic are not neglected. Beyond direct food assistance, the Administration saw a dire need for better healthcare infrastructure and went to work – committing well over $40 million to boost our public health facilities, provide PPE equipment, significantly expand testing and implement necessary preparations for vaccine distribution as soon as it is available to our country. The Prime Minister – a doctor himself – made clear last night we will work to be ready!

“From growing up Over the Hill to starting businesses of his own, Prime Minister Minnis knows first-hand the consequences a crisis can have on even the most successful businesses, and this unprecedented global pandemic which has ravished economies worldwide offered no playbook at the outset. Knowing this, the Minnis Administration has already provided over $177 million to protect small business owners throughout The Bahamas, including grants, loans, tax credits and deferrals and assistance in identifying additional financial support. Our government is looking out for all, and that is why it has implemented the largest distribution of unemployment benefits in the history of The Bahamas.

“Prime Minister Minnis will be the first to admit much work remains, that a full recovery is not going to happen overnight. But unlike previous administrations that worked harder to protect themselves during crisis than the people they serve, this FNM government will continue fighting for all Bahamians, as they know we deserve nothing less from our elected leaders.”

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