The minister responsible for the troubled Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) will address developments at the state-owned agency by weekend.
Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe, who returned to work yesterday following illness, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that before commenting on the situation he would first have to be fully apprised.
“I am just back out to work two days, so I still have to have the necessary meetings to ascertain accurately what is going on with that,” Lowe said.
Private waste haulers started collecting garbage in four parishes yesterday after agreeing a six-month plan to take over part of the duties of SSA workers. The outsourcing plan, which will cost Government about $5 million, is receiving a strong backlash from various quarters, including the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), the National Union of Public Workers and social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong.
Dr Lowe, who was hospitalized last month with an undisclosed ailment, spent part of his second day back at his Tower Number 2 Warrens Office Complex today.
In December 2010, the minister was also admitted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) until late January of the following year. The nature of his illness was also not revealed to the public. Asked this afternoon how he felt, Lowe replied: “I’m good, thank you.”