January 24, 2021
Carl Culmer Sr. issued the following statement:
“Never before in our recent history have we experienced such a great disruption in the life of our nation. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused challenging times for individuals and the country. It has transformed our daily lives.
“The past few months have been unprecedented. However, we think a light exists at the end of the tunnel. It is a common refrain that tough times do not last but tough people do. We know that our resilience and unconquerable Bahamian spirit will see us through.
“The Bahamas has been recognized as one of the few nations to be successful thus far in its attempt at preventing subsequent coronavirus waves. We commend the people of The Bahamas, who should take great pride in their response to this unparalleled challenge. It is a result of sheer self-discipline, good Government policy and a natural Bahamian resolve to be our brother’s keeper that we have been able to press forward in the continued fight against this global plague.
“The citizens of The Bahamas are to be continually applauded for their adherence to health and safety protocols, which have helped limit the impact of this deadly virus. We understand that some measures may have come at great expense, and significantly altered our ways of life. However, our continued discipline and responsibility as a nation will lead to a gradual return to more normal times.
“Our leader, in his capacity as Competent Authority during the state of emergency, has continued to demonstrate consistent, caring and compassionate leadership. While many cynics sought to criticize the measures taken by our Prime Minister, he continues to lead with a sole purpose: To successfully guide us through this unique and challenging situation and save as many Bahamian lives as possible.
“The Competent Authority and his Cabinet provided the largest relief and stimulus packages in our nation’s history to cushion the economic fallout brought on by this pandemic. We stand in support of our Prime Minister as he and his Government begin the work to rebuild our economy one step at a time.
“We continue to thank those on the frontlines of our healthcare system who tackle this disease, and those essential workers who unselfishly execute their daily duties. We in the Free National Movement, and the nation at large, assure you that each and every minute of your hard work and dedication continues to be appreciated.
“Our term in office has seen its share of challenges. The twin crises of Dorian and COVID-19 dealt our nation a significant blow. Yet, we press on. We press on because we do not have the luxury of being paralyzed by indecisiveness. The work of Government must continue. Our discipline and resoluteness will be essential on the road to recovery and further success as a country.
“I believe future generations will recognize the Bahamians of today as a strong and united people who overcame one of the worst pandemics in modern history. We should not be afraid of what the future holds. Instead, let us shape our own destiny as a nation prepared to emerge from this crisis stronger than we went in.”