Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says he has no regrets about the formation of Constituency Councils just over five years ago.
In fact, the country’s leader says he is proud of the work done by the council in the St Michael South Constituency, which he represents, in spite of criticisms by members of the Barbados Labour Party.
“I have no regrets at all about the creation of these constituency councils. I have no regrets at all about the impact which their existence has been
making on the lives of our young people,” he said last night at the biannual town hall meeting of the St Michael South Constituency Council.
He added, “Constituency Councils are here to stay. Those who want to continue to abuse them are free to do so but the abuse is not going to weaken the Government’s resolve in relation to constituency empowerment, this is not DLP constituency empowerment, this is constituency empowerment across Barbados.”
The prime minister said the apparent weakening of communities was discussed on Thursday by members of Cabinet.
He attributed this to the decision by some people who have “done well for themselves” to move to other communities.
“The determination is to make sure that our communities are strengthened, that our constituencies are strengthened so that they can get on with the work of doing things for themselves as far as possible and depending less and less on Central Government…,” the prime minister added.