February 17, 2021
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the government’s historic provision of unemployment and other benefits:
“For nearly a year our FNM government has sought to protect the health and safety of Bahamians during the global, COVID-19 pandemic. This international crisis has wreaked havoc on families, taking lives, ruining gatherings and adversely impacting economies. While our FNM government’s pandemic response measures have helped keep cases comparatively low – earning praise from the global healthcare community – our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, knows the hard work must continue to fight the virus and start the recovery.
“Since the outset of the pandemic, Prime Minister Minnis and his administration have acted, leading a historic effort to mitigate the troubling toll it placed on so many Bahamians. Since last year more than $200 million has been paid out in unemployment assistance and benefits to Bahamians struggling due to the crisis. This represents the most money ever spent on unemployment benefits. In addition, our government has spent millions on food assistance programs.
“The Minnis administration knows there are no simple solutions or easy fixes. However, our administration understands that leadership means meeting the challenges, no matter how dire they are. Our team is doing this regardless of the politically motivated, daily attacks coming from Philip Brave Davis and his PLP. Instead of leadership, they have offered up contradictory attacks. One week the government’s pandemic response measures go too far. The next week Davis complains not enough is being done. The PLP is never helpful and always looking for a political angle – even as lives are at stake. Bahamians shudder to think where we’d be if Davis were in power.
“The Minnis administration will stay focused on saving lives while also providing the assistance and benefits vital to help families get through this crisis. The government is also continuing to work on stimulating job growth, diversifying the economy, pursuing critical infrastructure projects and improving our education system.
“One day this pandemic will be behind us. Our administration knows the important work of building a better future for everyone must continue. That’s what true leadership is all about. Davis and his team should take notes.”