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AG: FNM Paid To Oppose Baha Mar

Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson has called out members of the Opposition over their vocal criticisms of the Baha Mar negotiations.

While a guest on the JCN/Love 97 programme Jones and Company yesterday, Mrs. Maynard Gibson responded to questions surrounding detractors who said that there is a distrust of the government.

She would go as far as to state that the FMNs are being paid to have this point of view.

“I feel a good deal of pity for them as leaders or at least people who think of themselves as leaders. I also ask the question who is funding them,” she said.

“I don’t think Bahamian people are naïve at all, me personally Allyson Maynard Gibson I’m not stating a government position but I believe they are being funded to have this view. If you continue to listen to their utterances and even social media commentary it is evident,” Mrs. Maynard-Gibson said.

Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis when prompted by The Journal at a press conference held at the FNM Headquarters yesterday to respond to Mrs. Maynard- Gibson’s remarks. Dr. Minnis vehemently denied the allegations.

He emphatically stated “No”.

Dr. Minnis on several occasions this past month has called on Prime Minister Perry Christie to release the details surrounding the deal, at one point comparing the secretive tactics to that of a dictatorial regime.

On the resort itself, Mrs. Maynard-Gibson reiterated the overall importance it has to in respect to the Bahamian economy.

“When we’re speaking about the well-being of Bahamians and our country, the Baha Mar project cannot fail,” she said.

“You will see that we suffered a downgrade due to the agency being unsure of its future, as well as tremendous unemployment and pain in our country.

“It’s not a project that we could sit back and just hope it succeeds.”

In regards to the perception of The Bahamas after the Baha Mar saga in regards to investors, she said its business as usual.

“Investors have tremendous confidence in Perry Gladstone Christie, across our country there are not only applications but developments are actually happening.

“In Abaco you have Baker’s Bay, Winding Bay or even down to the Exumas you can see development happening. To the extent of the concerns ratings agencies had about Baha Mar what they didn’t take into consideration was the work being done around the country.

“Unless we’re able to bring those statistics forward the picture is somewhat distorted, so having adjusted both of those we fully expect an uptick,” Mrs. Maynard-Gibson said.

Remobilization of the multi-billion dollar resort officially began last week with the attorney general, Prime Minister Perry Christie and Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchombe being taken on a tour of the works.

Subsequently, last week marked the beginning of the long awaited payouts for former Baha Mar employees.








Written by Jones Bahamas

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