April 7, 2021
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the Government’s extension of the food assistance and unemployment assistance programs:
“Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has prioritized the health and safety of Bahamians since the onset of the global pandemic. Collaborating with healthcare experts and community leaders, the Government focused on ways to prevent unmanageable spread of the virus. Its efforts have been successful, overall. However, Prime Minister Minnis constantly stresses that the pandemic is not over. We must remain vigilant. Throughout he has remained focused on saving lives, while working to save livelihoods.
“Yesterday, the Government announced it would be extending the food assistance program through June, as it is imperative that those impacted by the economic hardships of the pandemic are still able to feed their families. The Government’s program is already the largest food assistance effort in Bahamian history. The Minnis administration is committed to doing what is necessary to ensure Bahamians aren’t going without the most essential needs.
“As the pandemic has put people out of work across the globe, the Minnis administration also recognized the need for unprecedented unemployment assistance. It has extended this program as well, through at least the end of April.
“With vaccines being distributed, businesses reopening and tourism on the rise again, there are encouraging signs to look toward. But Prime Minister Minnis also understands the struggle still exists for so many Bahamians as we work to fully reopen the country. He remains focused on ensuring Bahamians have the assistance they need in these challenging times.”