Lashley: DLP focused on youth despite scarce resources
Stephen Lashley speaking at the DLP's presentation of candidates on Wednesday night.
Resources have been scarce but the Democratic Labour Party believes they have charted a proper path for the development of young people.
On Wednesday at an introductory meeting of the government's candidates at the Bay Street Esplanade, Bay Street St Michael, Minister of Sports Youth and Culture Stephen Lashley said,
“We have been able to do a number of things and we have done it with scarce resources.”
“We are on a mission and our work is not yet done. We have our work to do and as this country is coming out of a recession and recording growth. I am saying do not put this economy back in the hands of reckless people like the Barbados Labour Party,” he pleaded.
He spoke of the new innovative Cultural Industries Act (BCIDA) which was implemented for entertainers and artistes to make money.
Lashley made mention of a national recording studio which has been constructed for members of the public and promised of a brand-new youth service programme which will be stationed at the Paragon Base in Fairy Valley Christ Church.
“It is going up and it is happening at a time when we do not have any money.”
He reminded the audience of work done by the DLP over the last two terms and the progress made despite a cash-strapped economy.
“This government brought the first ever youth policy to Barbados and created policies that the youth would have wanted,” he said.
Lashley also reminded those in attendance of the National Summer camp programme which created employment for young people. He spoke to more than five thousand Barbadians who have been trained in the areas of sports in the last five years. He also said that 16.3 million dollars has been generated from youth businesses.
“We have done this with scarce resources and this is solid proof. We are on a mission and our work is not yet done,” he added.