Bishop calls for financial aid for citizens hit hard by insurance company collapse


Bishop Simeon Hall


Tribune Staff Reporter


A PROMINENT pastor is renewing his call for the government to aid citizens who were “financially waylaid” when an insurance company collapsed.

Bishop Simeon Hall, Pastor Emeritus of New Covenant Baptist Church, released a statement yesterday lamenting the government’s failure to resolve issues with CLICO.

CLICO went into liquidation on February 24, 2009, after being declared insolvent. As a result, more than 100 people lost their jobs.

However, State Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis said last year that the government would honour a commitment made by the previous administration to establish a statutory insurance guarantee fund to protect the interests of CLICO policy holders.

No such guarantee has been established as yet.

In response, Bishop Hall said: “Regulators in the Ministry of Finance, under two separate administrations, fell asleep at the wheel while CLICO went belly-up and millions of dollars left the country.

“More than 30,000 Bahamians have been financially waylaid by CLICO – the collapsed insurance giant – and I call on the government not to forget the pain that someone in authority inflicted on scores of unsuspecting clients.

“It is painful to learn that the governments in at least two neighbouring Caribbean countries have come to the aid of their citizens affected by CLICO.

“I understand that our government is badly in need of financial resources; however in the face of the protracted global economic and financial crisis, bold leadership is imperative.”

Bishop Hall said in addition to resolving the CLICO issue, the Christie administration must “lower the crime rate, increase the rate of employment, regulate and tax web shops” and lower the VAT percentage if it wants to assure victory in the next election.


URD 8 years, 5 months ago

Is this why he supports the legalization of numners? Are the number boys giving him financial assistance?


TalRussell 8 years, 5 months ago

Comrade Bishop isn't the "numbers rackets" and crime the same damn thing?


Cornel 8 years, 5 months ago

I thought that Churches took care of the needy? . . . .

Oh, I forgot, the Pastor has too many personal expenses to take care of. Can't afford charity


ThisIsOurs 8 years, 5 months ago

regulate and tax web shops.....if it wants to assure victory in the next election....?????

Where did that come from? The people clearly told Perry Christie that that is NOT what they want


crabman 8 years, 5 months ago

People People, let's stay focused CLICO took the money and ran AND NOBODY IN GOVERNMENT OR THE CENTRAL BANK saw anything wrong..............Three blind mice three blind mice see how they ran.........


TalRussell 8 years, 5 months ago

The well financed 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia might be over but the equally well financed Race for Legalizing The Numbers Rackets (overriding the peoples votes) with the good Comrade Bishop in Lane 4 and Green Leader Bran in Lane 3, is now declared open. Comrades maybe it's time for a boycott.


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