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Bahamas: “UNWORKABLE ELECTION GIMMICK”: Opposition deputy leader slams PM’s housing plan

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The opposition has expressed serious concerns over the government’s recently announced affordable housing plan for western New Providence, asserting that the Minnis administration is not serious about helping Bahamians realize their dreams of home ownership.

Progressive Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper said in a statement yesterday that while the party supports more Bahamians owning homes, it has “serious concerns” about the new subdivision that is being planned for use on public land in western New Providence.

Last week, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis tabled a resolution in Parliament that would give “young Bahamian professionals” access to affordable land in an upscale community in western New Providence. The resolution indicates that several tracts of land in the west have been identified for purchase for young Bahamians between the ages of 18 and 45.

Cooper said: “The fact that the government is barring anyone over the age of 45 from even applying is disconcerting and discriminatory. There are many who have saved and worked for years to try and buy a home, who are now being locked out of this opportunity, as limited as it may be.

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