Sister-island mourns and MP Walker remembers the late Paul Need as a fighter for Barbudans and their land rights

Tributes are coming in as word spreads about the passing of former
Barbuda Council Secretary Paul Nedd, with good friend and
schoolmate MP Trevor Walker among those paying homage.

Reports say that Nedd passed away at the Sir Lester Bird Medical
Centre on Tuesday, January 9, after being hospitalized late last year
(2023) and requiring donations of blood

Despite this, Walker says the news of Nedd’s passing came as a
shock and the entire island of Barbuda is in mourning today.
MP Walker says the former Council secretary was a young and
vibrant man, and he refuted media reports that Nedd was 59 years
old at the time of his passing.

Nedd served the Council a secretary for four years up until 2022. 
Many saw him as a forthright advocate and strong fighter for
Barbudans’ rights and for land preservation on the sister-island.
He was among those who believe strongly in preserving the island’s
system of communal land ownership and resisted the Browne
Administration’s attempts to change the system into freehold.
He would often voice his displeasure and share his views on various
radio programmes and, for quite some time, enjoyed a weekly
outing on the Good Morning Sass Show, where he would update the
public on the happenings on Barbuda.

In one instance – in which the former Council secretary protested
the blocking of access to Barbuda’s beaches and the fencing off of
lands by developers – Nedd found himself in trouble with the law,
and he and several others were charged for trespassing at the Peace
Love and Happiness (PLH) project.
However, that matter subsequently was dismissed.
Walker promises that Nedd’s fight will not be in vain, as the people
of Barbuda will continue to fight for their rights and stand against
the Government’s attempts to steal their lands.

That was Barbuda MP Trevor Walker, a close friend of Paul Nedd,
speaking on the Good Morning Sass show.