Governor General: Bahamas faces one of the greatest challenges in its history

Governor General Cornelius Alvin Smith.

Governor General Cornelius Alvin Smith.


Tribune Staff Reporter


THE Bahamas faces one of the greatest challenges in its history in trying to rebuild lives and infrastructure in the wake of Hurricane Dorian’s unprecedented destruction, Governor General CA Smith said last night.

Mr Smith spoke during a national address that aired on ZNS. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is expected to address the country tomorrow night.

"There is no question that our people and our country, have suffered a most grievous blow at the hands of nature. We all know that from time to time throughout our history, we have had encounters with hurricanes of varying magnitudes but none like Dorian. I remember a previous generation telling stories of the great storms of 1929 and 1932 but it is painfully clear that never before have we experienced such a destructive force as hurricane Dorian,” Mr Smith said.

The 1929 hurricane stalled over the Bahamas for an extended time, causing 48 deaths. The 1932 category five hurricane devastated Abaco in particular, killing 16 people in the country.

Mr Smith said: “For what must have seemed like an eternity to those in its path, this hurricane hovered over the northern Bahamas wreaking immeasurable havoc on Abaco, Grand Bahama and their surrounding cays while some of its effects were felt much further south. As we continue to progress toward a full assessment it is clear that the devastation is unprecedented in our history. Many lives have been lost. Our sincere condolences go to the families an friends of those who have lost their loves ones. I know your grief knows no bounds and words are useless, but we as a country and as your countrymen grieve with you.”

The death toll from Dorian stands at 45. The Ministry of Social Services has not said how many people have been reported missing.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the thousands of families whose homes and properties have been severely damaged or destroyed and whose lives are now shattered,” Mr Smith said.

“This is a dark and joyless time for those who have lost, but we pledge to you that there will be light and hope again. Our public infrastructure has been degraded and in many instances is now non-existent. We face one of the greatest challenges in our history - that of rebuilding the lives of our people and our country but in the midst of all this we are inspired by the performance of those who were and are still on the frontline.”


Sickened 4 years, 2 months ago

Good speech. Can we get that writer to write something for Minnis to say?


ted4bz 4 years, 2 months ago

every time they open their mouths most of you take that as action and results. They talk more and do less. No matter how well or badly they speak there is absolutely no organization nor efficacy to their talk. I stop listening long time.


Well_mudda_take_sic 4 years, 2 months ago

CA Smith said: "Our public infrastructure has been degraded and in many instances is now non-existent."

There is much that could be said about this fella who has for many decades been sucking heavily on the public purse. Incidentally, our public infrastructure throughout the Bahamas has been in a state of serious decay for decades because of the lack of appreciation by successive PLP and FNM governments of the need for ongoing maintenance.


TalRussell 4 years, 2 months ago

Comrade "Your Most Excellency" Governor-General C.A., has it not occurred to you to that your own 'first challenge' should be to lead by example by moving out from living in digs being rented for you of which the rent alone every 30 days is costing $9,000 out the PopulacePurse - recognising that is left colony's Crown Jewels can be best spent on helping out ease the widespread pain and suffering populaces families left homeless whose own homes have damaged and even destroyed by Hurricane Dorian. Thousands have not even been left with a broom, mop or even lidless slop-bucket, yes, no .... GG, before the hurricane and after the hurricane you lived in your own digs, yes, no so why can't you move back home .... GG, we are going new whole new set 'belt-tightening' spending rules for the elected and politically appointed post Hurricane Dorian ...


SP 4 years, 2 months ago

Get rid of the damned illegal Haitians and begin rebuilding the country!


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