Undeterred from the results of the General Election in May, Renardo Curry – the candidate for North Abaco for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), has focused his time on assisting the government in attracting investors to the North Abaco area while waiting for the upcoming bye-election.
“The greatest need right now is jobs,” Mr. Curry noted. “I have been actively pursuing investors, as that is one of the quickest ways we can provide jobs for our people and presently I have some good leads.”
He said another focus is on education, as he seeks to find ways to train people for many of these places in order to qualify for the jobs.
“Not everyone is academically inclined so one of the things we are trying to get here is a school like Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute (BTVI) to help young men and women after high school to be able to get a certificate and develop skills and qualify for a trade.”
We want to find things to help the people especially in the far north who rely primarily on fishing and farming, provide them more opportunities to make a living. We’d also like to address the issues regarding compressors for fishermen and re-examine some policy to see if we can help them.
He said that when you look at the national debt and the tough economic times the country is in “we have to find ways now to fix this economy.” He said they have “reached out to investors, and now a number are coming in to The Bahamas which hasn’t happened over the last five years.”
“So we are focused on attracting investors to help build the economy back up to a place where the average person should be able to find a job and put food on the table.”
Mr. Curry felt that the jumpstart program started by the previous administration wasn’t a bad idea; however, “starting a new business from scratch does require a little more funding. It’s a good start to get people working and building their own place in the economy,” he said.
He said that many people thought that when the PLP won the government that ongoing projects would be stopped. “We’re not in the business of stopping progress. All these projects – Airport Terminal, Hospital and more – are continuing and we want to see progress continue,” he said.
Looking forward to the bye-election Mr. Curry said “I have some experience after going through the general election and while the bye-election is a little different than the last election, our message is still the same.”
“It’s a democratic process and people have the right to choose who they want to,” he said. He points out though, that because the PLP is the ruling government in the House of Assembly he will be able to bring more to the table and get more done for North Abaco; “I’ll be in a better position to make things happen.”
He is hopeful that people will accept the message and he said they are extending the olive branch to those who supported other parties.
“It’s time for a new and younger generation to stand in the gap and I am willing and ready to serve if you will have me.”