Sidney Collie on Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival

Nassau, Bahamas - Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the following statement regarding Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival:

“It comes as no surprise that the reports coming in from Grand Bahama say this year’s Junkanoo Carnival saw significantly lower turnout than last year. According to one official, less than 1,000 people attended the second of the two-day event. This is a stark difference to years past when attendance could reach upwards of 16,000 or even 18,000 attendees. Everything this inept Government touches or attempts to manage falls apart.

“And of course, this delusional Government acts surprised that their indecision on changing the event’s date would have a negative impact on attendance. They were warned of this, but they ignored the warnings as is typical for the PLP. Now they are running away from accountability caused by their mismanagement, pointing fingers and offering worn out excuses like their excuse this year of tightening budgets.

“But while the government ducks and hides from accountability, local businesses in a struggling economy are the ones that truly feel the loss. The event’s contracted organizer Unique Bahamas International (UBI) has already taken steps to sue the National Festival Company for breeching their contract. While UBI was contracted to perform a number of duties utilizing local, Bahamian talent, National Festival Company instead solicited tenders for the work.

“How can this government claim that they care about Bahamians? At every opportunity, the PLP hangs local businesses out to dry while cozying up to their friends and allies. Grand Bahama’s economic struggles are well known yet perpetually ignored by a greedy government that looks past the people in their pursuit for personal gain.

“The PLP’s uncaring, deceitful practices that squander economic opportunities for anyone other than themselves is just as concerning as their obvious incompetence.On May 10th, a vote for an FNM government is a vote for a Government that will put you first. We will work night and day to unshackle competition and give all Bahamians a chance at creating their own success, they will no longer be subjected to the whims of an inept Government focused on enriching themselves at the people’s expense”.

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the
following statement regarding Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival:

“It comes as no surprise that the reports coming in from Grand Bahama
say this year’s Junkanoo Carnival saw significantly lower turnout than
last year. According to one official, less than 1,000 people attended
the second of the two-day event. This is a stark difference to years
past when attendance could reach upwards of 16,000 or even 18,000
attendees. Everything this inept Government touches or attempts to
manage falls apart.

“And of course, this delusional Government acts surprised that their
indecision on changing the event’s date would have a negative impact on
attendance. They were warned of this, but they ignored the warnings as
is typical for the PLP…”

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Sidney Collie on Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival