By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday defended his decision to appoint former FNM minister Algernon Allen to co-chair the Urban Renewal Commission.
Hitting out at criticisms that Mr Allen should not have accepted the post, Mr Christie said the decision was reflective of his administration’s policy to put people first.
“He was an FNM minister, he was a scathing fellow when he attacked you, but in the full examination of his qualities and his suitability I gave him the highest commendation, he comes well equipped, well prepared,” he said.
“It is always regrettable when politics continues to divide us, even on issues that we shouldn’t be divided on.”
Mr Christie’s affirmation came as the newly appointed Bahamas Pharmacy council Chairman Barbara Donathan defended, through a press statement, her qualifications for the position.
Ms Donathan is opposition leader Hubert Minnis’ constituency office assistant. She is also a registered nurse, has experience in pharmaceutical sales and is a marketing manager.
Ms Donathan said the Christie administration had respected her enough to realise that she would never put politics or a personal agenda before doing what is right for the Bahamian people.
She said: “People have blamed both administrations for victimisation of Bahamians by not giving them jobs or positions on boards because of who they support.
“In my humble opinion, I was the least likely for the Chairman of the pharmacy council for more reasons than one, but God has used me to prove that when we put our faith and trust in him all things are possible.”