Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is asking Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to step into the ongoing sewage mess on the south coast tourist belt that has forced the closure of the Worthing Beach in Christ Church.
During a tour of the area this afternoon, accompanied by her Shadow Minister of the Environment and Energy Senator Wilfred Abrahams, Mottley said the problem involving burst sewage pipes and overflowing sluice had been going on far too long and it was time for Stuart to intervene.
“This has been going on for too many weeks. It cuts across all kinds of residents, all kinds of business . . . it’s tourists, it’s the beginning of the tourist season [and] we see the comments overseas. The Prime Minister needs to have a heart and he needs to exercise leadership, and to recognize that being Prime Minister is not just about consorting with princes and foreign dignitaries,” the Opposition Leader said.
She advised Stuart that being Prime Minister was about rolling up his sleeves and getting the business of Barbados working because there were too many people suffering.
Meanwhile, commenting on the matter, Abrahams recalled bringing the issue to the public’s attention several weeks ago, and urging Government to act.
“My concern is for the people who actually use the beach. I am a beachgoer, I don’t want to be in water diving and swimming with my children and playing and not knowing what is going on. For a while, Government must have known that sewage was going into the water,” the Shadow Minister of the Environment said, adding that mistakes had been made and equipment and systems had broken down.
However, Abrahams said he did not believe a caring Government should allow the people of Barbados to walk around in raw sewage or have children playing in such conditions.
“You bend down and you tie your laces then you get back up and you eat some food. That is a recipe for disaster. The water is going off up and down the south coast. We are now being affected in a major way by water outages. When you combine a lack of water with people unknowingly trekking through sewage, you have a catastrophe waiting . . . .That is the height of irresponsibility at the highest level,” the Opposition spokesman on the environment added.
He also stressed that Minister of Health John Boyce, Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe and Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick ought to be held accountable.