FNM Leader, Dr. Hubert Minnis said the ruling Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administrations “continues to try and ignore the crime epidemic that has plagued our country these past five years but it is not going anywhere, and the problem must be addressed immediately instead of making more excuses.”,
He said since the start of the New Year 19 people have been murdered with five killings taking place in the past four days. “
“The PLP’s failure to address the crime epidemic plaguing our country has cost us US$434 million, which is almost five per cent of our annual gross domestic product (GDP).
“With an already struggling economy we need immediate action to address this growing trend, or we will continue to realize the negative impacts of the crime epidemic. This PLP government can continue to try and ignore the problem all they want, but even foreign countries can see the depth of the crime problem.”
Minnis said several countries have previously issued travel advisories warning their citizens about the crime rate, and this negatively impacts the tourism economy.
“Empty rhetoric, broken promises, and more excuses will not fix this problem. We must have a concrete plan to address crime in The Bahamas. The FNM has a comprehensive plan to work together with law enforcement and our communities to rip it out at its roots.
“We will develop a strong plan that will properly train and equip our police; we will collaborate with church leaders and educators who know their communities, and we will bring them together with social workers and community leaders to address the problem,” Minnis said.
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