Brantley: Public servants have unique opportunity with financial package
From PLP PR Media Inc.
BASSETERRE, ST. Kitts – Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris was in Nevis May 22-23 and Premier the Hon. Mark Brantley apprised Nevisians on Harris’ visit. He in particular encouraged public servants to take advantage of the new financial package announced by Dr Harris.
“The prime minister whilst here made a few announcements,” said Premier Brantley on his “On the Mark” programme on VON Radio Wednesday evening. “I think it is important again because he has made the announcement, of course the $30 million, that the federal government is injecting into the economy through some provisions for loans to individuals who are in the public service.”
Premier Brantley – who is the political leader of the Nevis-based Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), one of the three parties in the Team Unity Administration – explained that Prime Minister Harris had made it clear to the established and non-established workers that the loans would be processed through the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, which has branches in Nevis and St. Kitts.
“He made it clear that the money will be at 5 percent, which he said is the lowest that anybody can borrow in St. Kitts and Nevis – 5 percent interest rate,” remarked Brantley. “You will have to, of course, satisfy the requirements of the bank, but if you satisfy those requirements, you [can] access up to $300,000 at 5 percent.”
The Nevis premier assured public servants that they are valued and their contribution appreciated, and promised those on Nevis that his government will continue to work with them. He encouraged those wishing to build a home, add on to an existing one, change a roof or do some repairs to take advantage of the opportunity that has been provided.
On May 22, Prime Minister Harris was among the many people who congregated at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre (NEPAC) in Charlestown for a gala event in honour of Nevis’ immediate former premier, the Hon. Vance Amory, who is also the senior minister in Team Unity’s federal cabinet.
“This afternoon (Wednesday), I got a bit of a break and I was able to join him (Harris, who is also the minister of national security) with our Fire and Rescue Services at the Vance Amory International Airport fire hall,” the CCM Leader told his audience. “We were able first hand to hear the concerns of the fire men and women to really understand in a better way and I really, really appreciate the opportunity to be there with them.”
Praising the Fire and Rescue Services officers, Premier Brantley said: “I was very pleased to hear that they have the lowest rate of sick leave in the entire country, that they show up for work willingly every day to do what they need to do, and I am very pleased for that and I certainly have given them my commitment. [Though] the NIA has no budgetary responsibility for fire or police, we continue to do our part.”