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By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government put pen to paper on two loans from the Inter-American Development Bank worth a combined $131 million, to be used on water supply and sanitation upgrades and an air transport reform programme.
The Water and Sewerage Corporation will receive $81 million to rehabilitate selected sewerage infrastructure and make its other services more effective and efficient.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the majority of the money will go toward reducing water loss in the capital.
“We will direct $49 million at reducing non-revenue water, $15.5 million will go toward rehabilitating sewer plants infrastructure and desig ...
Operations Manager Sonny Russell is overseeing the upgrade of the Arawak Cay Cultural and Heritage Centre. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson). NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Government’s pledge to upgrade the Arawak Cay Cultural and Heritage Centre into "a cultural mecca in the region" remains on course
Reports reaching my ministry confirm that during the early
hours of Saturday, 9th December 2012, a tragic accident involving a United
Sanitation vehicle claimed the life of a young woman. United Sanitation is
contracted by the Department of Environmental Health Services to collect
The matter is under active
investigation by the police and a
more detailed account of the circumstances surrounding this tragedy will
be provided, as soon as additional...
Nassau, The Bahamas -- Residents and visitors to The Bahamas all demand basic needs such as access to good quality, reliable potable water supply and environmental compliant sanitation services, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis said.
The managing director of Bahamas Waste says 2011 has been an exciting yet challenging year.
PRIMARY and secondary students from five different institutions on Grand Bahama Island gathered to assist zone captains Gail Woon and Cecilia Bodie with the Xanadu Beach International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day (ICC) 2010 on Saturday morning.
Hugh W. Campbell Primary School, Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School, Sunland Baptist Academy, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Grand Bahama Catholic High School, EARTHCARE and the Bahamas National Trust participated in the Xanadu Beach ICC Day.
A grand total of 300 pounds of marine debris was collected, recorded and bagged for collection by Sanitation Services for the Xanadu Beach zone.
Past participants noted that the beach was cleaner this year than in ...
The rainy season is upon us again, bringing with it challenges of more pest control issues and contributing to off scheduled services such as garbage collection. Together with the warm summer temperatures, pests such as flies, mosquitoes and rats are likely to produce in larger numbers. However property owners and occupants of premises can do their part by ensuring that their garbage is properly containerized and that bins are cleaned and disinfected after being emptied.
The Caribbean Central American Action and the National Emergency Management Agency held a Disaster Management and Recovery Workshop in Freeport, Grand Bahama on April 30, 2009.
Given the economic crisis now affecting Freeport and Grand Bahama, an action task force committee should be formed under the direction and auspices of government, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and Licensees to determine and effect both short- and long-term solutions.
As we have repeatedly pointed out, shanty towns are a major problem in The Bahamas.
In 2009, then Minister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney said that 37 shanty towns had been identified in New Providence alone.
The government has commissioned various studies on the shanty town problem.
The most recent report on shanty towns obtained by The Nassau Guardian was completed a few weeks ago by a team of researchers from the Department of Environmental Health, but has not yet been made public by the minister responsible (Kenred Dorsett) or ministry officials.
What those researchers have unearthed should be of concern to every Bahamian.
There has been 'a marked increase' in the number of new shanty towns on New Providence over the last two years and the populations have increased "exponentially".
The report said, "There is little to no government water systems, no garbage collection services, and very little human waste disposal, which can range from satisfactory to the other extreme of placing human feces in plastic shopping bags, and dumping waste in nearby bushes and naturally occurring sink holes."
In New Providence alone, the team documented at least 15 shanty towns at various locations, but primarily in the south west and eastern areas of the island.
With houses having been built too close together, with some homes being powered by stolen electricity connected by low hanging wires, and with large communities with inadequate or no sewerage systems, these shanty towns are public health hazards.
For some reason, especially in New Providence, the agencies of the government responsible for policing this problem have failed.
More aggressive action on this problem is needed for the sake of the Haitians living in shanty towns and for the Bahamians who live nearby.
When proper sanitation and safety protocols are not followed, mass tragedy could ensue from fire or disease.
For the Bahamians who live near shanty towns, their property values are reduced because of the unsanitary communities next door. This is unfair to hardworking, honest citizens of the country.
The problem is, in part, that governments of The Bahamas have been unable to regulate effectively the flow of people from the failed Haitian state. Those looking for a better life have just set up communities on any vacant land.
Once the illegal structures are built, for humanitarian reasons, it is hard to destroy them. Where do you send the poor and stateless once their homes are removed?
We must not let genuine concern for our brothers and sisters from the south overrule common sense, however. Illegally built shanty towns need to be removed.
Those migrating to The Bahamas must find legal and safe accommodation. We cannot continue to ignore this problem. It is a matter of law, order and public safety.
No one in this country should be allowed to ignore public health and town planning regulations. The laws exist to keep us safe and to protect property rights.
The government should next move to rigorously enforce the public health and property laws being violated by many who reside in shanty towns across the country.
Hopefully Dorsett was sincere when he said this administration intends to.