The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) in Antigua & Barbuda is dispelling some information that has been circulating in a video via facebook about the recovery efforts on Barbuda.
The content of the video posted on “Barbudian Daze”, entitled “Barbuda March 2019 Status Report”, which was shared by the Barbuda Council and other Barbudan groups, is misleading.
The video claims that the Barbuda Council was responsible for repairing the airport terminal building, which is not true. Work was done under NODS recovery programme utilising government and donor funding. A Barbudan contractor erected the fence, while repair work on the building was done by an Antiguan contractor along with workmen from the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force and Cuba. Another Barbudan Contractor, who was employed by the Barbuda Council, supervised the work. NODS challenges those responsible for the video to prove otherwise.
As it relates to repairs to other buildings like the hospital, the post office, the environmental health building and the police station, NODS notes that these are all being repaired using donor funding and government has no control over the donor’s internal processes.
One million US dollars have been made available by the Indian government to complete the Hanna Thomas Hospital and the Post Office, which is being managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Barbuda Council is fully aware of this and has been part of discussions with the UNDP and the government.
The Council is also aware that work on the Chinese Community Centre and minor repairs to the Council Office are being done through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) with funds from the Canadian government. Government has no control over the CDB or UNDP’s procedures.