KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, May 22, IWN – The government has admitted that it is unable to properly manage the Owia Fisheries Complex.
And Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves announced on Monday, Fisherman’s Day, that his government will outsource the management of the facility, located in North Windward.
The complex has not, for some time now, been providing the services for which it was been built.
Ice is no longer sold there but fisherfolk can still rent lockers, I-Witness News understands.
“… I have asked the Minister of Fisheries to put out advertisement [for] people who want to run the Owia Fisheries Complex. We have a beautiful facility up there and we should be using it very well. I don’t have to talk about all the things that we should be doing.
“But I am satisfied that Government can’t run it properly. And if government can’t run the Owia Fisheries complex properly, that’s not an indictment of me, you know, because when I [am] in my office, I can’t go Owia to run the thing you know, is somebody on the ground have to go Owia go run um,” Gonsalves said at a rally in Calliaqua.
“And when they don’t run it well, what do you want me to do? I have to do something else,” he further said in dialect.
“And that is what I am suggesting. We use a different framework, a different approach.”
Some persons had criticised the construction of the facility in Owia, saying that there is not enough business in that part of the country for such a complex.