Top engineer assigned to the project resigns as more road closures are announced?

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Engineer and public relations representative for the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project, Charlene Collie, is reported to have tendered her resignation from the MOW.

Nassau, Bahamas — If what we at BP know pans out, the Minister for Works and the Director of Works, who sits as invisible as a ghost, will be in a whole heap a ‘doodo’.

Sources in the Ministry of Works tell us engineer and public relations representative for the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project, Charlene Collie, has formally tendered her resignation with the MOW effective June 17th, 2011.

The shocking bombshell has left officials in the department in a daze and have left senior management as high up as the Cabinet, scrambling for a replacement.

Sources in the position to know tell us, “Ms Collie, has had enough of the rough and tumble blame game rolling into her office on a daily basis, associated with the Road Improvement Project. Many suggest, it is the Director of Works, who is confused with the work being carried out and while he pressures Collie he stressed by high-ups in the Cabinet.

Baillou Hill Road closure The Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced today that a road closure will go into effect beginning Monday, June 20 on the section of Baillou Hill Road South pictured.

“Just how we can all see the construction is one big mess and a ball a confusion for motorists, the same exist within the Ministry of Works.

“Every Man and his ‘mah’ at the top of that ministry should be fired for the poor management of the road works. How could you dig up a main artery like East Street and leave it idle for almost one solid year? Papa should FIRE the Minister, the Director and every senior officer in the Ministry of Works!

“They collectively have delivered great stress to the people of the Bahamas and have terribly managed the Project,” the source said.

In her letter, filled with tones of frustration and stress, Collie, we are told, advised the ministry of her leave some three weeks ago; forcing officials in the department to coach the government employee to stay on in order to avoid further delays and frustration with the botch roadworks.

Sources tell us, up to the ninth hour officials within the ministry were still at it, trying to convince Collie to stay on, advising her that contributions to the upgrading of the new road network were vast. Up to press time we had not received word stating if Ms Collie had rescinded her letter, which took effect yesterday [Saturday].

The road project has been a bone of contention with motorists, riddled with massive construction delays and unannounced lengthy road closures across New Providence.

While part time road works are being carried out on Prince Charles Drive, the main artery to the east, in downtown Nassau work crews are digging trenches only in the early morning hours; Meanwhile other corridors suffer with no construction activity for weeks at a time.

Just this week Collie was seen advising motorists of scores of expected road closure beginning Monday, June 20th in the left lane of Baillou Hill Road South near to Family Guardian.

Not a pin drop could be heard from the Minister or the government employee at the centre of these developments. And to many within the department, Collies shocking resignation come as a great surprise.

Chaos and long delays on the New Providence Road Project forcasted ahead.
  • I have never met Ms. Collie but every time I saw her on TV my chest swelled with pride. As a young beautiful Bahamian professional woman in a man’s world you made us so proud. Hold yur head up because you handled yourself pofessionally and always remember that “It is only at the tree loaded with fruit that men throw stones” or in Bahamian ” DOGS DO NOT BARK AT PARKED CARS”. ” Small thoughts come from small minds and small pants fit small behinds.
    If you were foreign, male and weighed a ton it would not matter.

    NOW you see why our young bahamian professionalls do not return home after qualifiying in ther various fields. Do not wory about the HATERS some people think they can make themselves look big by trying to make others look small.
    Ms. COLLIE HOLD YOUR HEAD UP WE STILL LOVE YOU AND ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU. I AM JUST SORRY I DID NOT TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE A LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOU IN THE PRESS. BE ENCOURAGED.
    HATERS, TAKE THAT. Signed, Proud Bahamian woman(Mother of two young professional young ladies.)

  • ITS ABOUT TIME SHE LEFT. THE PRESS IS MAKING IT SEEM AS IF SHE LEFT BECAUSE SHE WAS FRUSTRATED…………. LOL NOT SOOO. SHE LEFT BECAUSE SHE WAS STEALING AND SOMEONE FOUND OUT AND SHE GOT REPORTED AND THEY NOW THEY WANT TO DO AN INVESTIGATION ON HER SOO SHE RESIGN SO SHE WON’T GET LOCKED UP.

    I AM SURE YOU GUYS AT THE MINISTRY HAVE MORE QUALIFIED PERSON FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE THAT WILL DO A BETTER JOB THAN SHE DID. SHE IS NOT VERY GOOD IN THE CUSTOMER SERVICE FIELD – EVERY TIME I HEARD HER ON TV OR RADIO I CUT IT OFF – SHE DOES NOT SOUND PROFESSIONAL.

    SHE IS NOT A VERY NICE PERSON AND SHE LOOKS DOWN HER NOSE AT PERSONS AND THAT IS NOT PROFESSIONAL.

    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND AND KICKS YOU WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE!!!!

    • In our beautiful little country it is so sad that we cannot appreciate gems like ms.collie. This lady could have stayed abroad and earn mega bucks, instead she returned home to assist in the growth and development of her country. Remember the way we treat her will impact on other aspiring young Bahamians.I do know one thing Her father Christopher Collie who dedicated his life to public service Sits in Heaven a proud parent.So ms. Collie hold your head up high you did your country proud. I pray you God’s speed.

  • One thing the world is not lacking is haterz, you could always find them in abundance. I believe people are just intimidated by Ms. Collie, because they notice she is an intelligent, successful, secure, black woman. Two to one Joe the Plumber asked her out and she turned him down…LOL!!!

    • HA HA HA HA

      • Lawd have mercy….Don’t do it!!! BP, we have an imposter on this site. I made the previous comment before this one, but this HA HA HA HA comment does not belong to me. I know everybody would like to be Kim Sands and I don‘t blame them, but you need to go and find your own identity. Geeeeezzzz!!!!! For the record, I don’t even laugh like that.

        • media

          Ok we are on it Kim not to worry.

          BP

  • BP. I dont see what all of this negative stuff is all about. Ms Collie is a very attractive Bahamian Queen who any man should be proud to have on his arm.

  • if jackass da plumber had a mother who teach him how to respect a lady he would be better of. it’s scumbag like him we must keep our kids far away from he is a poor example for a human. by the way he talk you could tell he spend most off his life behind bars and we know what take place there most of the time. joe if you was molested when you was small being rude to miss collie won’t make it go away….

  • @joe the plumber-faggots like you need to keep in ur corner, obviously ur am woman hater but to go to the extent to say that ms collie smells because of her eight is unacceptable, when you tape ur crotches down to put ur drag wear on you forget that you develop a smell to huh? besides what the hell her weight got to do with road development idiot, super faggot. go sit ur pot cover mouth down and shut up. stop trying to insult educated professionals because im sure she can get a better salary anywhere internationally for her qualifications than what she has settled for in the bahamas govt. compared to the stress she has endured. what i see at 11:45pm last week with my own eyes at blue hill and soldier rd is that hard working woman with a walkie talkie in her hand communicating with who ever over looking the road works, ur sissy ass was probably somewhere getting backed up wit shit…gay guy.

  • I have seen the young lady around on a few occasions and she has always come across as standoffish, elitist, bossie, and a snob. I doubt if she was the best person to put in the forefront of such a potentially messie project.

    Please note that I am not commenting on her weight, I do prefer solid women.

    The powers-that-be gave too much weight to her education as opposed to her people skills. The project lacked leadership, and furthermore, lacked a point-man who could communicate with the average Bahamian populace and appease their concerns and not just the Eastern Rd posse.

    Maybe they should give Moxey a chance.

  • Well done Ms. Collie, I admired you everytime I saw you on TV, you was always informative and professional (especially being a woman in a man world) It’s not your fault the roads are in a mess, I blame the Minister of Works. You was only the messenger. I,m glad you got out before it was too late. To much stress!!

  • We are so shallow as a people what does Ms. Collie weight have to do with anything. See why the politians run over yall with decisions that do not benefit the country because your intelect is low. Upgrade your thinking bahamas. This young lady is a beautiful, Bahamian and intelengent let me see some of you men who complaining match her ability. Low life. I dont see no not poking at Loretta Buttler and social services has just as many pot holes to fix.

  • why do we not uplift our own and stop putting them down?there is nothing wrong with Miss Collie she happens to be a very beautiful woman,she is also very educated we need to support our own people we always complain about the foreigners but when it comes to our own we knock them down,now nobody knows why the young lady resigned but that is her right,she probably has a good reason so lets stop knocking our own down and to joe the plumber if you dont have anything nice to say about somebody dont say anything at all.

  • Yes yes, we know the deputy prime minister is making a killing on the road works at the expense of the bahamian motorist, and it is he who forces more projects to start and none to finish to guarantee he’ll be making money until thy Kingdom Come Sweet Jesus, but what truly irks me is people having a beef with this big woman. Sure big women ain’t my thing, and by big, I mean huge ( and not solid or chunky since i love em both) ; but, I’d never say no to her wellspring flow 🙂 , because big girls need love too, and I’d love her tender day and night, and thrice as much, just before midnight. Venus’ll come and go for her wellspring flow, then again, and again, and again, till my heart burst, and my vitality ceases.

  • mikemikemike

    MS COLLIE do not worry about anything.THE GOOD PEOPLE of this GREAT BAHAMA LAND STILL LOVES YOU. THAT NO GOOD NEKO GRANT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST ONE TO RESIGN.MR NEKO GRANT MESSED UP THE ROADS IN NEW PROVIDENCE AND HAUL … TO GRAND BAHAMA WHERE HE IS RIDING HIS … ON GOOD PAVED ROADS.WHEN THE PLP IS RETURNED TO OFFICE , I WILL DO MY LEVEL BEST TO GET HER BACK IN OFFICE ONCE NO GOOD NEKO AND HIS PUUPETS CARRY THEIR …ES WITH HIM. THE PLP WILL FIRE NEKO MEN(FNM).

  • this little country is too small and under-populated to have so many black jackasses…….what in the hell does an attractive, educated, bahamian woman’s weight has to do with the exceptional job she’s been doing on the road project…..everyone just get up on these damn sites and criticize, complain, lambaste and offer no solution…..Ms Collie whatever the problem, whatever your reasons, you are much appreciated…..Oprah Winfrey has been battling with her weight problem for many years but she is super rich, beautiful, and a master of her craft……these damn fools should be put on the gallows too!!

  • hey even though she is big
    id still plug the pot holes though her corner
    heheheheh

  • Its obvious that the hidden powers were trying to make this young lady the sacrificial SCAPEGOAT. These road works will cause the sitting government the election, I have no doubts about that.

    I dont care if the road turns out to look like michael jackson’s glove on completion, the entire process was stupidly and idiotly planned, management and executed, putting the entire population of NP at significant discomfort. The Bahamian people were horse-whipped on the alter of political expediency.

    The young lady was wise in resigning.

    • But of course Ms. Collie’s momma aint raise no fools.

    • I agree with you Disgusted. She was very wise to resign before the real “stuff” hit the fan.

      What really irks me is that the government had the audacity to increase the fees for inspection and licensing. We already drive on roads that are a far cry from being vehicle friendly and then they turn around digging up and closing off roads making one BIG mess and inconveniencing the motoring populace.

      I am not saying that there won’t be inconveniences in getting the roads completed but if you want to charge us astronomical fees, then fix the roads FIRST and also keep in mind that there are people out here who can barely make ends meet so your fees need not be so exorbitant.

  • my gawd BP that joe the plumber person is a complete ignorant ass of a person!!!!!!

  • @ Joe The Plumber you are a total freak because no matter how perfect you think you are i’m pretty sure you have just as much or more imperfections that you have choosen to point out about Ms. Collie if she is overweight that is something that can be corrected I hope you faults can be. At least she’s educated I hope you are. JOE THE PLUMBER!

  • RP

    To Joe The Plumber: Congratulations! I am sure you, nor any of your family members are overweight! Keep eating healthy and exercising! LOL!

  • As a Bahamian, it saddens me to see that we have not yet learned how to appreciate our own people. It is poor and distasteful to see that people would actually focus on Ms. Collie’s size and features instead of her capabilities to professionally carry out her duties. I pray the day we come when our people would realize that we are our own most enemies when we belittle and put down our own people!

    • media

      Joe when you learn how to stop swearing, then and maybe then we will allow your comments on BP.

      BP

  • I wouldn’t blame her if she did, enough is enough and the sad thing is that the people who should be updating us on this mess just sit in their offices in air condition while she takes all the flack. They could not pay me enough to keep updating bahamian people on this road project when it is clear that bahamians are not stupid and see that there is utter chaos. It seems they started this road work when Obama was campaigning and now he is President!

  • If this is the case it really is another sad day in this country. Bahamians are frustrated out of their own system of governance and foreigners come in to live like kings. When Bahamar bring in these engineers and consulting firms these guys get car, phone, boarding packages on top of their pay checks. What do our guys get? Really annoying. Another young qualified Bahamian frustrated by her own people.

  • Beauty? She is hideous!!
    The more you fools keep telling these gigantically overweight unhealthy women they are beautiful the more they will keep dying early deaths thanks to you misguided idiots. There is no way on this earth being that big and fat is good for ones health, and it certainly does not look BEAUTIFUL! Not to mention with that kind of weight comes a horrible smell, one has to be totally gross to want to physically be with a creature of that size.

    • My goodness…. why post such hateful comments?

    • to joe the plumber. You homophobic jackass. hater. what are your vices? she is probably healtier than you.

    • What an ass! I will say it again. What an ass! Bahamian people are so nasty in their comments. What does this woman’s appearance have to do with her ability to perform her job as an engineer. Stop being so personal and use some sense when responding. I know you me block be for the swearing BP, but I had to say it. This Joe is an ass beyond compare.

    • Joe the plumber= IDIOT

    • You are pitifully ignorant and appear many more flaws than this lady can ever have!!!

    • Joe – she may be overweight in your eyes but damn she’s qualified. Post your hideous picture and your qualification.

    • joe u iz too much

    • looks like you have offended some of the plus size women here joe.

    • what you mean hideous, you blind hey? i know she made the right decision, less stress, more money. watch out MOW more to come.

    • @ PLUMBER ..why would you say something like that.. you can see that this young woman takes care of herself.. how would you like it if someone say this about your mother…i will pray for you..YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT UGLY YOU CAN’T LOSE.

  • billy bob

    Death and Destruction to the Bahamian people…dont be apart of it resign in your best interest

  • reckless

    looks like miss collie put on a few pounds an all
    think its stress?

    • media

      We should stay away from such remarks. But she is stressed.

      BP

      • Really BP? You allowed an individual to say hateful and divisive comments like ‘I’m not supporting any faggot or faggot backers!!!’ but you’ll chastise someone for saying that Ms Collie ‘put on a few pounds’? Come on BP, where are your morals? I’m extremely disappointed in you, whoever you are.

        • media

          Listen if we block comments, even those attacking this site we will not be practicing free speech. All we ask for writers to do is not to swear.

          BP

      • hey man im just reporting the facts as i see it
        you decide !

  • The implementation of this project has been beyond poor!

    Its clear that a project of this size should span at least 5yrs but Mr Ingraham is trying to complete it in 3yrs!

    Had this been done properly so many of the major roads wouldnt have been closed down, dug up, and left incomplete for so long like this!

    Think about the amount of business that has suffered needlessly and closed because of these road works!

    I can only imagine the blame game that is going on behind close doors in the Ministry of Works? I am glad she got out before they pinned this debacle on her as it was clear they were already trying to make her the face of this project!

  • Where she gone Bahamar too. Where ever she has done a wonderful job and a beauty she is thank God she is Bahamian. Well done Ms. Collie.