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Consultants ‘too costly’

GERCINE CARTER, gercinecarter@nationnews.com

Added 08 August 2020


Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley making his way to the House of Assembly, August 7, 2020. (FILE)

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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