May 28, 2014
Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin
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PEOPLE who abuse the elderly in The Bahamsas will soon come under “the long arm of the law” as protective legislation moves closer, Social Services and Community Development Minister Melanie Griffin said yesterday.
THE newborn baby boy, found in bushes in southwest New Providence last week, will remain in the Princess Margaret Hospital for eight weeks before becoming a ward of the state, Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin said yesterday.
MINISTER of Social Services Melanie Griffin yesterday revealed that her department spent roughly $500,000 to prepare students attached to its Renewing, Inspiring, Sustaining, Empowering (RISE) Programme ahead of the 2016-2017 school year.
LONG ISLAND MP Loretta Butler-Turner said yesterday that Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin owed more than an apology if she intentionally misled the public over police investigations into claims of fraud at the Department of Social Services (DSS).
THE Royal Bahamas Police Force’s contradiction of Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin that law enforcement was not yet investigating fraud in her ministry raises questions of trust and is “unacceptable”, according to FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis.
SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin suggested yesterday that someone has been fired for the suspicious shredding of documents highlighted in Auditor General Terrance Bastian’s report on the department.
SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin said further investigations will be conducted into the damning revelations highlighted by Auditor General Terrance Bastian’s report into the Department of Social Services which was tabled in the House of Assembly on Monday.
THE National General Council of the Progressive Liberal Party last night announced the ratification of two longstanding party members to contest seats in the upcoming general election.
THE Bahamas’ National Strategic Plan on Gender-based Violence has been hailed as demonstrating the government is serious about tackling the issue by the United Nations’ Entity for Gender Equality (UN Women) during a high level, multi-sector consultation forum in New Providence this week.
THE Child Protection Amendment Act 2014 is now officially in operation, according to Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin yesterday.
OUTSPOKEN youth activist Tavarrie Smith yesterday accused Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin of dereliction of duty in light of the 22 per cent increase in child abuse cases.
ALTHOUGH there was a reduction in the number of reported cases of child abuse in the country last year compared to 2013, the number of reported cases of incest increased six-fold in New Providence last year, according to data provided by Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin.
SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin said yesterday that the government expects to implement the initial phase of its conditional cash transfer system – a prepaid debit card – by the end of November.
SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin yesterday defended Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller against criticism of his “personal view” on one of the Constitutional amendment bills.
TWO government Members of Parliament yesterday made a case for the construction of a new Parliamentary complex as they debated the Persons with Disabilities - Equal Opportunities Bill in the House of Assembly.
SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin told The Tribune yesterday that while she was surprised by statistics that show an increase in poverty in the Bahamas, she expected it given the recent global recession.
THE final draft of the proposed Disabilities Bill is nearing completion and will be presented to Cabinet, Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin said yesterday.