Ryan Reece, as Minister of Small Business, Dwight Sutherland (left) and general manager of the Fund, Esther Lord-Graham, look on.(Picture by SDB Media.)
By next Friday, ten more former Transport Board workers are expected to receive cheques from FundAccess to start their self-employment through the Transportation Augmentation Programme (TAP) project.
General manager of the fund, Esther Lord-Graham, said this would bring the count to 19 out of the 38 former employees who are members of the newly formed United Transport Co-operative (UTC) and have received funding.
They are expected to provide the board with solutions for the travelling public with two units already operating.
One is owned by Wayne Watson, plying the northern routes that include Shorey Village, St Andrew’s Church, District “D”, Connell Town and Boscobel. The other is owned by Michael Carrington, who yesterday received his cheques that will cover the Ministry of Transport & Works and insurance fees to operate any routes leaving the Fairchild Bus Terminal.
Speaking at the official start of TAP at the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St Michael, yesterday, consultant to the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and UTC, Sir Roy Trotman expressed mixed sentiments.
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