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Consultants ‘too costly’

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Consultants ‘too costly’

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Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley has rapped Government for the number of consultants it has and the cost to taxpayers.

As the House of Assembly debated a resolution for $314 285 to finance a one-year extension of the contract of economic consultant Dr Kevin Greenidge yesterday, Atherley argued that paying out such large sums for consultants was not a small matter.

In introducing the resolution, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn said it was “just a way of accounting for the monies that we get through the [Caribbean Development Bank], with respect to being able to account for Dr Greenidge’s support in the (Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation programme”.

However, the Opposition Leader said: “You can’t start by saying it is a simple and straightforward matter in the context where you just fired four ministers to cut costs; in a context where the Government’s purse is being seriously constrained; in a context where thousands of Barbadians are out of work and more predicted to lose their jobs.” (GC)

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