Re-elected Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Wilfred Abrahams believes he and the ruling Barbados Labour Party have been “blessed”, given the “confidence” placed in them by the electorate.
“With such great blessings comes great responsibility and we must never take for granted what it is that we actually have and we must never underestimate the confidence that the people have reposed in us. The best thing we can do right now is to honour that, to justify it and to make Barbadians comfortable that they made the right choice,” Abrahams told the media moments before he went to worship with his team at the Sons of God Apostolic Church in Christ Church.
He added: “I believe that we have been blessed as a party, we have been blessed as a government, blessed as a country and I have definitely been blessed in Christ Church East.
“So, before things get out of hand and before the reality of it sinks in and we go back to normal work then it is important to pause and give thanks to your team, give thanks to your supporters, give thanks to the constituents and above all give thanks to God.”
On January 19 voters gave the Mia Mottley-led BLP a resounding victory at the polls with all 30 seats in the country’s Parliament, reminiscent of the May 2018 general election when the BLP made a clean sweep of the polls.
Abrahams explained that the BLP administration asked the people to “assess” its work as a first-term government and decide “whether or not they want you to go forward” and voters “spoke with one voice”.
He said: “It shows that despite all the naysayers and despite all the noise, that we are pretty much on the right track as a government. It also shows that people respect what it is that we are doing and believe that they have confidence in this government to take them through what is a difficult period.
“It also shows that Bajans’ memories are not as short as people would have you believe. Three and a half years is not too long to actually forget what was going on in 2018; to forget where we were as a country; to forget the feeling and; to forget why they moved in such numbers to remove the last government. Three and a half years later they have said that you have done the best you could in the difficult circumstances; we can see where you are going; we are confident that you are the people to take us through and; we are going to put you back there in the same numbers again and what happens now is up to us.”
Speaking with respect to Christ Church East the newly re-elected MP said there was still a lot to accomplish in his constituency.
“There are a lot of things that we didn’t get done because health health the first draw on the public funds. There are a lot of social things in the community that we want to do, wanted to put lights on all the playing fields, we want to upgrade the facilities, we wanted to provide more entrepreneurial opportunities, we want to have a vending hub in Christ Church East, we wanted to convert the pavilions to community centres, have free Wi-Fi, have self-improvement classes, there are a lot of things that we could not do and I think people actually understood that. People understood that and it is now for us to find the space to actually do those things and make a difference to people,” Abrahams added. (FW)