Bahamas, May 19th 2017: With the start of investigations into Urban Renewal one week after FNM won the elections, comes word that Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt and Algernon Allen have tendered their resignations as co-chairs from the company.
Asked whether their step down had anything to do with the probe into the initiative, Allen and Pratt described their roles at Urban Renewal as ‘Ornamental’, as they had nothing to do with decision makings in its operations. Allen has since then called for all Political appointees to resign immediately from their posts. He says this is common protocol with any change in administration, and it would not have been appropriate to stay on and await the decision of the new government regarding their posts. Allen says they welcome full transparency and urged the government to continue the transformational work. Urban Renewal has been instrumental in making an impact on inner city communities. However, the programme shot to negative light, when a report presented showed payment for works that were never done or left incomplete. The report was one heavily defended by the Christie led administration, despite its lack in transparency.
Urban Renewal is one of the many areas the new FNM government has ordered investigations into, including the Bank of Bahamas, BAMSI and other government ministries.
Thompson was sworn in on Monday as Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister.