Several issues are currently plaguing the government agency known as the National Housing & Urban Development Corporation, says George Wehner, the United Progressive Party (UPP) Mobilization Officer.
National Housing is the agency in charge of administering the Browne Administration’s flagship programme, “500 Homes in 500 Days.”
Wehner says that several persons who have taken out loans to purchase these homes have been unable to get their keys – a complaint that has been circulating for quite some time now.
Accordingly, he speculates that monies going to the housing scheme could be being diverted to uses other than were intended.
This past weekend, Prime Minister Gaston Browne was roundly criticized by residents for claiming there is a shortage of labour to meet the demands of a construction boom.
Residents rejected the notion, saying that persons seeking work on the existing job sites are routinely turned away because the contractors are not hiring.
Other critics said there is no shortage of manpower; rather, many locals are unwilling to work for the low wages being offered on government projects.
Meanwhile, Wehner alleges that a government official has taken up residence in one of the homes constructed by National Housing with no payment having being made.