Monday, September 23, 2019

PM announces new ministry

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis speaks during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday. TONYA ALEXIS

By Jasper Ward

Central Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis has been appointed minister of state in the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Recovery and Reconstruction — a new ministry.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis made the announcement yesterday, three weeks after Hurricane Dorian decimated parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco.

“I am pleased that he has accepted this great responsibility on behalf of the people of Abaco, Grand Bahama and indeed all of The Bahamas,” said Minnis at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

“Because of the historic circumstance of this generational tragedy, this new ministry will help to focus and to coordinate the national response for the recovery and reconstruction of Grand Bahama and Abaco – respectively our second and third most populated islands.

“The main body of the ministry will function as an authority similar to the Public Hospitals Authority. The authority will be responsible for the reconstruction of Abaco and East Grand Bahama.”

Minnis said the authority will have an executive director and a board of directors that will oversee the redevelopment of the impacted islands.  Read more >>