As a young boy just out of high school, one of my first jobs was working for Cavalier construction company on All Eleuthera Water Project, which was designed to improve water supply in Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and North and Central Eleuthera.
So I was shocked and deeply disturbed to hear reports that residents of my home town were without water for 6 days. 6 Whole days. can you imagine?
While in Nassau the talk was all about who performing at carnival, Bahamians on Eleuthera were going without a basic human right!
The Big Picture: This is Inhumane
“Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right.” – Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary Genera
That there are people in The Bahamas in 2015 who have been without water for 6 days is inexcusable!
We use water to drink, cook, bathe and for sanitation.
Can you imagine not having water to drink? Or not being able to bathe properly? What about flushing the toilets for several days?
Not only is this inhumane it is unhealthy and dangerous. This should be a national emergency!
Residents Crying Out For Help
Residents took to social media to express their anguish at the situation
The representative for the area Minister Gomez made a statement in response to a question from another poster
Kudos To MP Gomez
Kudos to Mr. Gomez for being responsive and accessible via social media. many of his colleagues have shied away from social media because they cannot deal with the directness of the media. It is not for the faint of heart and bullshit will be quickly and harshly called out. But it is the wave of the future it is what the people are demanding and we won’t settle for less.
How long can the current Administration blame the FNM
Anytime an administration changes, the new administration will have stuff to deal with left over by the old administration. Thats par for the course. Its expected. But how long can they continue to blame stuff on the old guys? A year and a half maybe? Certaintly not 3 years into a 5 year term. No, after year 2 you should keep the old guys name out of your mouth, its on all on you. If the old guys messed up, we have to assume that’s part of the reason they’re no longer there and since you’re not there you’re expected to fix it.
Waste Of Our Money
Why is it that the government continues to spend money on infrastructural projects, only to fail to perform proper maintenance? It is a complete waste of money because we end up spending money a second time for the same project. Is it any wonder we’re in debt and our taxes are so high?
There are elderly people, like my aunt throughout Eleuthera,who cannot go looking for water themselves. The bottom line is people are suffering. We need to speak up and demand better for all of us.
Call your MP, call the radio stations, call the PM, Share on social media, Cal the Television stations. Speak up for whats right.