Ingraham says Nottage failed to access full constituency allowance
By Krystel Rolle
Guardian Staff Reporter
Bain and Grants Town MP Dr. Bernard Nottage failed to use more than half of the $100,000 allowance members of Parliament were given access to for constituency projects, according to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.
Ingraham previously made a similar revelation about Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie.
The prime minister reiterated that claim at a Free National Movement (FNM) rally on Wednesday.
“When we made available $100,000 to each MP to spend to improve their constituency, most MPs got to work for their people,” Ingraham said.
“In Centreville and Farm Road, during the height of the global recession, their MP Perry Gladstone Christie couldn’t get around to spending his full allocation of money.
“He left more than one half of that money unspent. His sad excuse is he was still planning a whole year after the money was made available. I tell you he’s never ready.”
Ingraham added: “The same thing could be said for B.J. Nottage. He couldn’t figure out what to spend his money on either so he left more than half of his money unspent. It seems Bain Town and Grants Town don’t need any small capital project.”
Christie acknowledged in 2010 that he had some difficulty with his constituency allowance.
He explained that after consultation with his constituents he was determining how best to spend the funds.
He said he had plans to expand three parks in the constituency and construct bathrooms at two of the parks.
Calls to Nottage were not answered up to press time last night.
Apr 21, 2012