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Zero on thieving!

Trevor Yearwood

Zero on thieving!

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THE Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) wants zero tolerance for people who squander or steal public funds.
BHTA president Colin Jordan said yesterday Government should send the word that this was its position and that it would not shield such people, whether public servants or politicians.
He made the comments while addressing the association’s fourth quarterly general meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Two Mile Hill, St Michael.
“Government must send the signals that say it is serious about combating wayward and criminal behaviour at all levels of society,” he said.
“The word must go forth to the young people in villages, heights and terraces and on the blocks throughout Barbados that while Government is expecting them to be positive contributors to society, Government is also holding accountable its own functionaries, whether public servants or politicians, and will not tolerate or shield those who squander or misappropriate public funds.”
Jordan told the meeting that Barbados needed to “reduce both the level of crime and the fear of crime”.
He called on business and civic organisations to partner with the Police Force “and ensure that we protect the fields, hills and economy that are ours”.
Said Jordan: “We must not allow the wayward few to destroy the society and economy that the many are working so hard to build.”
He said Barbadians “cannot wait until we have a crisis on our hands before we act decisively”.
In his address Prime Minister Freundel Stuart called on the hoteliers not to reinvent the wheel and try to be everything to tourists. He also urged them to get local communities more involved in their work. (TY)