December 02, 2019
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the government will provide Crown land for free in Abaco and Grand Bahama to construct low-cost homes for Hurricane Dorian victims. The government will install utility infrastructure at the homes at no cost to eventual buyers. “What it means is the populace will now have land free, which is theirs, and the infrastructure will be free, which is theirs,” he said at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday. “We will then go out via RFP (request for proposals), inviting contractors to build homes meeting certain standards and requirements, therefore the cost of the homes will be greatly diminished by far less than $100,000 because people don’t have to pay for the land, don’t have to pay for the infrastructure and many contractors will build the homes and then sell to the various individuals.” Dr Minnis, pictured, also gave details about the aid the government will give people rebuilding their homes. The money will be issued in a way that is transparent and accountable, he said, with people only receiving funds after satisfying certain conditions.
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