A former Child Care Board employee is warning that all is not well at the state-run child protection agency.
Shortly after receiving the nod last night to represent the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in St Michael Central, attorney-at-law Arthur Holder took direct aim at his Democratic Labour Party rival Steve Blackett, who edged him into Parliament by 39 votes in the 2013 elections.
“Never in the history of Barbados has there been an upheaval at the Child Care Board as what currently exists. People are being banned from [board] meetings,” Holder said in reference to the agency which falls under Blackett’s portfolio in the Ministry of Social Care.
“The minister should tell the public why it is, and how come, that contracts are going out to certain personnel . . . and whether or not there are interests . . . that need to be investigated.
“People are doing as they like, getting large amounts of money . . . but no one is saying anything,” he charged, claiming there was no accountability.
Before a large crowd at the George Lamming Primary School, where he easily defeated Director of the Barbados Youth Service and a former policeman Hally Haynes by 221 to earn the BLP nomination, Holder lamented that the Welfare Department’s resources had been cut when there were “pockets of poverty in this country that you would not believe that we are living in Barbados”.