PRIME Minister Perry Christie said the structural work on the Bahamas High Commissioner’s residence in London – which he claimed had been delayed for more than four years by the former government – will cost around $247,000 (£159,000).
Answering criticism from the opposition that the government has been paying an excessive $30,000 in rent for new High Commissioner Ed Bethel, Mr Christie said temporary accommodations are necessary until the work is done.
Mr Christie said London is a very expensive place to live and, as unfortunate as the cost is, the government must do everything within reason to maintain the country’s presence overseas.
“No one is more conscious of cost than I am about our work,” Prime Minister Christie said.
Speaking at an unofficial unveiling of new diplomats, he said: “I say to our new team however, that you must not be deterred in your work by public criticism.
“Criticism comes with the job. Remember always that you are servants of the Bahamian people.
“I expect you to discharge your responsibilities without fear or favour in the best interests of the Bahamian people. Once you do that, you will have my support.”
Responding both to the FNM’s criticisms of the rent paid for Mr Bethel and the nature of some diplomatic appointments, Mr Christie said: “I act with deliberation and I act only when it is right to act.
“The FNM can have no complaint about political appointments.”