Health Minister John Boyce has accused both political parties of neglecting buildings across the island until they have fallen into a state of disrepair.
Boyce made the charge in his address to the opening of the 39th Oistins Fish Festival yesterday.
“This, however, has been a feature of our governments in that we tend not to be able to take care of our buildings and our property in the way that we should to maintain them in good order for the uses.
“Too often we allow our buildings to decay around us and then have to look for millions of dollars to build replacements, and it is very expensive,” Boyce said.
The parliamentary representative for the Christ Church South constituency that includes Oistins, then narrowed his focus to the fish processing and selling facilities in the area.
“The fish market conditions are not as satisfactory, or not as well-maintained as they should be. And the problem stems from the need for infrastructural improvements as well as regular maintenance of a facility,” he said.
Boyce added that he recognizes his task is to work with the various government agencies such as the Fisheries Division and the Ministries of Finance and Tourism, to identify the resources to undertake the repair works.