Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development Denis Kellman has blasted the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), saying it had demonstrated a lack of interest in the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.
Kellman launched the broadside against the BLP today shortly after participating in a Golden Jubilee of Independence-related ceremony that included the unveiling of plaques honouring present and former workers and the planting of trees at the ministry’s headquarters on Country Road,
The Member of Parliament for St Lucy charged that the Opposition was criticizing Barbadians for being appreciative of themselves as independent people free of the shackles of colonial rule.
Contending that visitors to the island and Barbadians living abroad had shown an interest in the year-long celebrations, he contended that all Barbadians, including the Opposition, should join in celebrating this landmark just as most individuals celebrate their 50th birthday.
Kellman said it was insulting to Barbadians when people only saw dollars and cents, but could not recognize that an industry could be developed or “married” to this particular landmark. He argued that citizens and the country would realize a return on the investment of the $7 million earmarked for the celebrations.
The minister told Barbados TODAY that he recently returned from Mexico where the government had spent 50 million pesos (approximately Bds$5.5 million) on developing a monument for that country’s anniversary of independence.
Kellman said he was happy that the schools were on board with the celebrations, adding that the most significant aspect of any project was how the youth respond to an historic landmark.
Pointing out that the celebrations during the month of July will be focused on his constituency, he gave an assurance that
St Lucy would do something big to mark the occasion.
Kellman disclosed that on July 30, his constituency will erect a wall of heroes which will feature the names of outstanding Barbadians born in St Lucy such as the Right Excellent Errol Barrow, Leroy Brathwaite, Amory Phillips, Charles Duncan O’Neale and Edwin Boyce. (NC)