Over the weekend, residents in Nassau with the misfortune of living near the New Providence landfill were awoken by the smell of noxious fumes and thick heavy smoke – the result of yet another dump fire. The health and environmental implications of these toxic fires have been well documented and have been linked to any number of illnesses facing Bahamians. While in opposition, the FNM was extremely vocal about the PLP’s poor handling of the dump. At the time, they promised immediate action and vowed to make the plight of area residents a priority of an FNM administration. This unfortunately can now be added to the list of broken promises made by this government, who, like the PLP before, it has FAILED TO ACT and Bahamians who went to the polls on May 10th to vote for change are experiencing what can only be described as a severe case of buyer’s remorse.
Even with a well-known environmentalist in a key leadership role, we seem to have gone from one ineffective minister to another. Indeed, Romauld Ferreira’s performance during these past 8 months in office has been nothing short of DISMAL. After months of dawdling on the implementation of promised changes at that facility, this reactionary government is only now, in the wake of two large weekend blazes, scrambling to answer the questions of irate Bahamians.
Residents living with the severe impact of dump fires are tired of governments which continue to pay only lip service to the country’s environmental concerns. The time has come for our country to move on from an era where politicians use such issues for political mileage.
True remediation of the landfill will require innovative solutions which take advantage of technological advancements consider the major environmental implications much like the ones unveiled as part of the Democratic National Alliance’s Vision 2017. The DNA proposed the transformation of the landfill into an efficient waste-to-energy facility designed to end decades of environmental degradation and address lingering concerns regarding energy production in the capital.
The Democratic National Alliance calls on the government to FINALLY make this issue a priority. Bahamians are no longer prepared to accept much of the same late again style of governance which they experienced under the PLP. They voted for change and deserve for those changes to come to fruition!
DNA Interim Leader