Tuesday 10 December, 2019

SSA spending a pretty penny on garbage truck fleet

Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn

Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn

Improved garbage collection strategies are on the front burner for government.

Giving this assurance that the rebuilding of the Sanitation Service Authority’s (SSA) fleet remains a priority for Government was Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn.

He made the comments recently as he participated in a press conference, at the Central Bank, to wrap up a series of Government and IMF meetings.

Straughn told the media:

“The SSA is currently spending quite a bit of money on repairing the existing fleet whilst we acquire additional trucks…. The fleet of the SSA is going to be rebuilt, [but] it will take some time to do so.

“At the appropriate time, the Minister [with responsibility for the SSA] will advise the country in terms of the other plans… to increase the fleet.” He stated that there would be an improvement in the quality of service at the Authority.

But, Minister Straughn stressed that the payment of the Garbage and Sewage Contribution, which Government introduced last year, was critical since the money collected finances the state-owned SSA.

With regard to the Transport Board, Straughn said the organization was in the process of acquiring buses and explained that the tendering arrangement was being completed. He added that it was anticipated that those buses would be on the road by the middle of next year.

He stressed, however, that at the appropriate time, the Ministry with responsibility for transportation would speak about the various reforms. 

“But we are re-looking everything we do with respect to business in Barbados and that includes logistics, and transportation is a critical part of that because if you can’t move people, goods, information or garbage it means the country will be in gridlock,” he stated.

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