Thompson: Programmes helping to ease pain


Kwasi Thompson


Tribune Freeport Reporter


Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson said Grand Bahamians have benefitted from the national assistance programmes put in place as a result of COVID-19.

“Most of the hotels are closed as a result of the shutdown including the Grand Lucayan. Those employees who have lost their jobs have been able to apply for unemployment benefit,” he said.

“I am aware of those who are self-employed in the tourism industry also benefitting from the new assistance programme.”

Mr Thompson said people on Grand Bahama affected can apply for assistance online, where applications for both Social Services and National Insurance which can be accessed.

Local GB teams at both agencies, he stated are in office on a limited basis doing their best to meet “the unprecedented” demand.

Senator Thompson also note steps are being taken to ensure isolation facilities are available in GB including a new unit at the Rand Memorial Hospital.

“The government’s focus through its GB COVID-19 Task Force has been working around the clock to keep us safe, and in partnership with the GB Port Authority have provided additional facilities at the Cancer Association,” he said.

He reported most people have been obeying the Emergency Orders, however, he encouraged all in GB to obey social distancing guidelines and stay home when ordered to do so.

“While we have suffered our share of unemployment, I commend those industrial companies who have been able to keep their employees on in some form,” the minister said.


Well_mudda_take_sic 3 years, 7 months ago

I always worry about one of Kwasi's eyes plopping out of his head and rolling around on the table in front of him like a marble. Much like I did with Ingraham's eyes when he was PM, except of course Ingraham had jumbo size shooter marbles in his giant size head, each one of which might have crushed a foot of his if it plopped out.


TheMadHatter 3 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone have the website address (exact full address) where you can fill out the Unemployment Form online? On the main NIB website the form is front and center on the main page - which is great - but it seems you can only download it and print it. The downloaded file does not allow fields to be filled in - so that when you print, it come out typed.

The word on the street is that this form must be filled in / complete - ONLINE.

A friend is asking - would be grateful is someone can post the URL / web address here.

Many thanks.


TheMadHatter 3 years, 7 months ago

(yes, I have e-mailed NIB, and taken several other steps thru insider contacts - still nothing). I'm sure someone has it handy. Thanks.


DDK 3 years, 7 months ago

I seriously doubt either Nassau or Freeport have the beds or isolation wards needed for those moderately or severely infected with this virus or any other contagious infection....


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