|Former govt announced boards July 8, 2007, records show|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Jul 05, 2012
The Ingraham administration announced the appointment of statutory boards on July 8, 2007, Nassau Guardian records confirm.
However, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Charles Maynard claimed yesterday that the then government actually made several key appointments prior to that date.
The July 8 date was highlighted by Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts in response to criticisms from Maynard that the Christie administration has been slow in appointing statutory boards.
“Notwithstanding that the FNM government did not appoint statutory boards and committees until July 8, 2007, the PLP has a few questions for the chairman of the FNM in the face of his attention seeking and transparent political posturing, grandstanding and bluster,” said Roberts in a statement. “Did Charles Maynard and his FNM cohorts ever see their way to ask the Bahamian people for forgiveness after all the widespread suffering caused at the hands of the cabinet of which Mr. Maynard was a part?
“Much of the mess this country is in today is the direct result of the so-called decisiveness of the FNM administration and the PLP will aggressively exploit any and all opportunities to remind Charles Maynard of his government’s follies.”
Maynard said despite officially naming the full slate of board appointments on July 8, the Ingraham administration made certain appointments as soon as coming to office.
“I notice the chairman of the party (Roberts) has said that under our administration we took until July 8 to do all our final appointments and that’s a clever use of words because it is a fact that all of them were presented by July 8 but many of them were appointed in May and June of 2007,” he claimed.
“We made sure that all of the significant boards were done very early. That was [among] the first order of business for our cabinet, so the reality is that they need to stop giving excuses and get the job done.”
Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Tuesday that certain appointments were delayed due to the illness and eventual death of his mother-in-law.
Maynard said while he was sympathetic to Christie’s loss, the business of the government must go on.
“The business of governing the country calls for focused attention by all of the leaders involved,” he said.
“There is a full cabinet, the biggest cabinet ever assembled in the history of The Bahamas [and] the business of setting up the boards is a very important one and there should be no reason why it should not have been done by this time.”
The boards are in charge of policy direction for key corporations and agencies and have financial oversight for these organizations, Maynard noted.
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said yesterday the appointments will be made by the end of the week.