A number of persons who government commissioned to clean up the territory after the hurricanes nearly seven months ago have not been paid.
That is according to Junior Minister responsible for Trade, Marlon Penn.
He described the situation as unacceptable.
“We have to do better in how we handle paying our citizens who do business with government … If we don’t have the money to pay people; don’t put them to work,” Penn told legislators in a recent sitting of the House of Assembly.
“We have to be more disciplined than we are because people depend on this money for their families — especially now,” the junior minister added.
He said a number of these unpaid workers are, therefore, still unable to repair their hurricane-damaged homes.
Penn further said not paying workers on time has been a longstanding issue that government needs to rectify urgently.
“This is not an Irma problem. This is not a Maria problem. It’s a problem that existed pre-Irmaria.”
“We cannot continue to run the government on the backs of our citizens; of our businesses. We have to do a better job,” Penn said.