Daily Archives: October 3, 2006

Barbados and Nigeria – Two Of A Kind When Politicians Don’t Even Know What Corruption Is

A few weeks ago as quoted in The Nation News (link here), Senator Lynette Eastmond was all aglow at an “African Sensitisation” workshop about establishing closer ties with Nigeria and the rest of Africa. “Africa should now seem less distant to us in the Caribbean. We, in Barbados, must begin to feel the urgency and utility of an enhanced relationship with Africa,” she said.

Senator Eastmond might be correct: Barbados and Nigeria seem to have a lot in common – at least when it comes to politicians. Today I was reading Chippla (a Nigerian blogger) who was commenting that Nigerian President Obasanjo and other politicians just don’t seem to know what constitutes corrupt behaviour.

Says Chippla…

One is however left wondering if (Nigerian President Obasanjo) saw nothing immoral or wrong about a sitting president, and a public officer, buying a significant number of shares in a conglomerate that in turn had been busy buying up publicly traded companies. By acquiring millions of shares in TransCorp, Obasanjo seemed to be telling the very people he governs that he finds it quite difficult to discern what constitutes a corrupt practice. Furthermore, according to renowned Nigerian lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, Obasanjo violated the “Code of Conduct for Public Officers” as stipulated in the Nigerian constitution.

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Could It Be That Barbados Politicians Just Don’t Know What Constitutes Corruption?

And it suddenly occurred to me: it is the same situation with the Gline Clarke scandal. We have a Barbados Minister of Government who lives in a home built on land that was expropriated by his own government, and serviced by his own Ministry of Public Works… and the Secretary of his political party rushes to say “There’s nothing wrong here.”

Dr. William Duguid, Secretary General of the Barbados Labour Party commented on the Gline Clarke scandal, saying…

“I have made a few enquiries and have been told that this is not his house but belongs to his special female friend where he spends alot of time.”

Fellow Bloggers,

I hope that with this simple submission I will be able to put this issue to rest. I have spoken to Minister Clarke about this matter and he has informed me of a few facts.

1. The land at 37 Lower Burney is owned by a private citizen and not Minister Clarke.

2. There is currently a mortgage on the property held at Barbados Mortgage Finance.

3. The owner is Minster Clarke’s special friend and he does spend alot of time there.

4. This land was bought by the crown to do two things re site people from the City ( Murphy Pasture) and sell to other people seeking to purchase land.

5. There are over 200 lots in this area which the Government has developed for sale by putting in the infrastructure some time ago.

Clearly from this information there is no wrong doing here.

Clearly from this information there is no wrong doing here.”

Despite citizens’ calls for answers about whether Gline Clarke has any money invested in the home, and observations by neighbours that the Minister and his “special friend” are, in reality, defacto man and wife living together permanently at the home since it was built, Minister Clarke continues to hide behind his woman and his political friend.

Is the continuing silence by Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke and his politician friends a sign of guilty contempt – or ignorance?

Story Links

Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated LandBarbados Free Press

Defining Corruption: TransCorp Nigeria – Chippla’s Weblog

 

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Barbados Government Priorities: New Cricket Stadium, Flyovers, Golf Courses – While Citizens Haul Water In Buckets, Use Outdoor Pit Toilets In The Dark

What was that old song by The Who?

Oh yeah… “Won’t Get Fooled Again… Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss”

No Sewerage Pipes, No Water Lines, No Street Lights – Welcome to Nigeria Barbados Licorish Village

From the Barbados Advocate…

Voices laced with irritation and tears of frustration were plainly evident yesterday as some residents of Licorish Village and surrounding areas raised concerns over the continued lack of running water in their homes.

The situation is a long-standing one in the areas of Odessa McClean Avenue, Blackman Road, Thompson Avenue and the Village, as these fall into the Zone One catchment area where the digging of straight wells is prohibited.

In fact, a number of residents still have to use outdoor pit toilets, while many others have to haul buckets and pails to and from the neighbourhood standpipe or government facilitated water tank on a daily basis.

The conditions, which were shaky before, have now reached the unbearable stage for these persons, many who have been living in the area for over 50 years, as they pointed out that a few neighbours have been granted permission to have wells dug, while others have not.

…read the complete article link here.

Also see a previous article Barbados Government Triumph! Plastic Water Drums Are Blue, With Faucet!

Here Is A Barbados Home That Does Have Water & Sewer…

Any idea how much the owner paid for the land, and who he bought it from? 🙂

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New Cricket Website: WindiesOnline.Com

Our fellow Bajan Clement Faria is a talented website designer who put together the nuts and bolts of Broad Street News.com and many other good-looking, well-functioning internet destinations. His latest project Windies Online.com looks like another winner.

As the site header says, Windies Online.com is all about and all for West Indian Cricket. While Clement still has some work to do with the sub-sections (like the history of West Indian cricket), the heart of the website is up and running and will interest any cricket fan.

Stop by and say hello at Windies Online.com

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Author Geoffrey Philp: Blogging and The Hundreth Monkey Syndrome

Today on his blog noted Caribbean author Geoffrey Philp asks “Can Blogging Effect Change?” and also talks about the Hundreth Monkey Syndrome. None of us heard of the Hundredth Monkey Syndrome before, but it makes sense around here!

We like Geoffrey Philp’s work and have connected with his blog three or four times in the past. For a greater insight into his work and thoughts, check out a previous BFP article Blogging Bypasses Gatekeepers: Challenges Pervasive Elitism In Caribbeanand head over to his blog. (link here)

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