Oswald Brown Writes
By OSWALD T. BROWN
I’m checking to find out if it is true, as Bahamas Press is reporting, that the Our Lucaya Resort in Freeport is about to layoff a number of workers, starting as early as Friday. If this is indeed true, then this is another indictment against Hubert “THE DICTATOR” Ingraham and his FNM Government.
All five FNM Grand Bahama members of Parliament should hang their heads in shame for allowing Ingraham to vindictively do nothing to help Grand Bahama survive during these tough economic times, primarily because of his ongoing feud with Sir Jack Hayward, one of the principal owners of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA).
There is an overriding consensus in Grand Bahama that Ingraham’s arbitrary decision two years ago to not renew the work permit of Hannes Babak, the then chairman of the GBPA, is the core reason why Grand Bahama is such rough economic waters. Babak along with GBPA President Ian Rolle and other members of a newly installed management team were doing a great job of putting Freeport back on track to being an attractive destination for potential investors. Babak is well known in European economic circles and he had made several trips to Europe which were about to produce good results before Ingraham, for reasons only known to him, decided not to renew his work permit.
Indeed, it was reported that then Immigration Minister Branville McCartney read about the permit refusal in the press. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on The Dictator. Voters in Grand Bahama clearly must now teach him, Zhivargo Laing and the others a lesson in the next election.