PM: PLP Sowed Confusion Over Andros Draft Proposal
Dr. Hubert Minnis says the proposal for the island’s development was not approved
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said the Progressive Liberal Party has used the leaked Andros draft proposal to cause public confusion.
Dr. Minnis used a portion of the national address to hit back at the PLP, who over the last week has dominated the media, criticizing the government for the draft proposal by the Nant Group, stating that it is “a land grab” by foreigners.
Dr. Minnis said, “I have been disappointed to see how this issue has been misused by the Opposition to sow confusion in our country.”
Setting the record straight, Minnis stated, “Let me be very clear for all to hear. This government will not grant a free-trade zone in Andros. Nor will we alienate or sell-off vast tracts of Bahamas land as a previous PLP administration allowed in Mayaguana, when 10,000 acres was alienated to a foreign group. My government has not approved the proposal.”
Opposition Leader Philip Davis held a press conference in Morgan’s Bluff, Andros, saying Bahamians must drive the island’s development, and has since planned a Campaign to Save Morgan’s Bluff, featuring media personalities to oppose the draft proposal.
Dr. Minnis acknowledged the submission of the draft proposal, which includes the development of half a million acres of land, aragonite harvesting, medical research facilities, air and seaports, by the foreign investors, reiterating that “the proposal has not been formally analysed nor reviewed to determine its viability, nor has it been presented to the National Economic Council for consideration.”
“We welcome Bahamian and foreign investors submitting proposals that are win-wins for the people of the Bahamas and for the investors,” he said.
“At this time of great economic hardship we need all the appropriate investment we can get.
“However, my government will not approve concepts from Bahamians or foreigners we think are not in the best interest of the Bahamian people.”
Dr. Minnis warned Bahamians against the action of the PLP.
“Do not allow yourself to be confused by those who went to Grand Bahama last week, behaving as if they were the government duly elected by the Bahamian people.
“As a people, we must remain focused on the twin crises in front of us. COVID-19 has caused a health crisis and an economic crisis,” Dr. Minnis said.