Mere hours before the start of the new school year tomorrow, the Barbados Labour Party’s shadow Minister of Water Resources Trevor Prescod has blasted Agriculture Minister Dr David Estwick for the water woes still plaguing rural parishes.
Demanding “an immediate plan of relief”, Prescod in a strongly worded statement charged that, “the lack of running water is not only a major inconvenience but a threat to people’s health.”
Prescod knocked the Government for allowing the problem to escalate while ignoring solutions offered by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.
He cited a recommendation for the five water tankers operated by the Barbados Water Authority to be supplemented and operated on a 24-hour basis.
Mottley had also suggested that a daily schedule of the routes be published to allow people to plan their business accordingly.
Prescod, the MP for St Michael East, said the situation was a “damning indictment on the competence of any Government”, even as he insisted that the BLP’s position “ was not about partisanship. It is about people suffering
“Simply put, better can be done and better must be done! The Barbados Labour Party calls upon Freundel Stuart and his ministers to treat the residents of St Joseph and the rest of Barbados without water with the respect they deserve and meet their immediate needs while they focus on the long term solutions that they have been talking about.
“The Government must urgently resolve this situation, particularly in light of the commencement of the new school term tomorrow,” Prescod said.