January 13, 2021
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding last night’s address by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis:
“Prime Minister Minnis spoke to the challenges our nation has faced from Hurricane Dorian to the global pandemic. He focused on his Administration’s determined efforts to save lives and protect the health of Bahamians. The Prime Minister has shown he is not paralyzed by these monumental challenges. He always puts people above politics. Sadly, the same can’t be said of our friends in opposition.
“As the pandemic devastated our economy and caused hardship for so many families, the Minnis Administration went to work delivering necessary food assistance. It has spent $17.2 million to feed 100,000 Bahamians thus far.
“As the Prime Minister highlighted, this Government will continue working to ensure those in need are not neglected. Beyond direct food assistance, the Administration saw a dire need for better healthcare infrastructure and went to work, committing $20 million in contingency funding to boost our public health facilities, to provide PPE, and significantly expand testing. A National Consultative Committee has also been formed to work on preparations for vaccine distribution as soon as one is available for our country. The Prime Minister – a veteran doctor – made clear last night we will work to be ready.
“From growing up Over-the-Hill to starting businesses of his own, Prime Minister Minnis knows first-hand the consequences a crisis can have on even the most successful businesses. The Minnis Administration has provided more than $177 million via its comprehensive COVID-19 response. We have given support to protect small business owners, including through grants, loans, and tax credits and deferrals. Our Government is looking out for all. That is why it implemented the largest distribution of unemployment benefits in Bahamian history.
“The Prime Minister will be the first to admit much work remains toward full recovery. However, unlike the previous Administration that worked harder to protect members’ interests than the people, this FNM Government will continue fighting for all Bahamians.”