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Agricultural School Costs Triple - But Minister Says That Bahamian People Will Afford It

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V Alfred Gray

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

ESTIMATED costs for the proposed Agriculture and Marine Sciences school have tripled as officials work to finalise plans for the vocational institute set to open next year.

Minister of Agriculture V Alfred Gray yesterday confirmed that construction was already underway to resurrect old buildings at the former agricultural research facility in North Andros.

“Construction is in its embryonic stage,” Mr Gray said.

“As we discuss the school more things have been enlightened to us, so what we thought we could do has been broadened by multiples. By that I mean if we intended to put five buildings for teachers, now we may have to put 10 buildings for teachers.”

Mr Gray added: “The figures are being toyed around between $12 and $20 million, so $4 million is not going to do it, the base will be $12 million but the ceiling we hope will be $20 million, that will give us a good educational school for marine science and agriculture.”

According to Prime Minister Perry Christie, just over $4 million has been allocated in the 2013/2014 national budget to establish the new school.

Mr Gray said: “We’re not going to focus on the price because the Bahamian people will afford it, hopefully we’ll get some help from international donors, but even if they don’t help us we are resolved as a government to ensure that we put the Bahamas on a path to feeding itself in the future.”

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proudloudandfnm 6 years, 11 months ago

3 years to go. Not enough time for the PLP to do anything. Will not happen. Non event. PLP pipe dream. Again...

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My5Cents 6 years, 11 months ago

12 to 20 million...Sound like plenty room to steal

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ThisIsOurs 6 years, 11 months ago

Ah Lord what is my govt doing...they reduce the numbers to report on the referendum and now they increase the construction costs for some contract that will be awarded to...who again? What happened to BTVI and COB? Don't they have agricultural programmes?

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Straight_Talk_Bahamas 6 years, 11 months ago

These people can not be serious! Wtf is this sht? Is this man living in reality? The Bahamian People Can Afford it?!?!

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banker 6 years, 11 months ago

Why not a school of English, Math, Computer Science and Nationbuilding? Ooops. Forgot. Don't need that crap to carry luggage, sweep floors and make beds.

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