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Local and Central Government representatives discuss the situation in The Mudd near a burned out generator.

Works Minister Emphasizes Action in Shanty Town Communities

Minister of Works, Desmond Bannister, visited the fire ravaged area of the shanty town known as the Mudd on February 8, 2018 to assess the damage and also to view the many issues which exists there, and promising action as early as this week.

An early morning fire on January 28 razed just over an acre of land that was home to approximately 55 shanty structures and leaving just under 200 persons without a home.

After a site visit on the following day, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said that shanty towns “break every regulation and law and safety standard in the country,” adding that his administration will finally be the one to address the problem.

Mr. Bannister echoed similar sentiments as he walked through and around the rubble left behind.

“What I am seeing is deeply troubling,” he said.

“I am seeing illegal electrical generation. I am seeing stolen BEC wiring (wiring that cannot be purchased commercially). I am seeing inadequate arrangements in respect of hygiene.”

He said that it is clear to him that the situation in the Mudd cannot be allowed to continue.

Mr. Bannister also noted that he sees “people who are attempting to rebuild [in the Mudd] which cannot be permitted to happen.”

He said, “We are going to move very, very quickly. I am going to advise my Cabinet colleagues about this on Tuesday, and I suspect you are going to see some action early next week with respect to the beginning of cleanup.”

He indicated that there has to be some clearance of a number of right-of-way’s “because the safety of people here is endangered when incidents like this happen, and quite frankly rescue cannot get to it.”

Mr. Bannister emphasized, “You are going to see some action in relation to this.”

“It is appalling the conditions that people have been permitted to live in,” he added. “That has to be corrected; we have to do something about it.”

About Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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