As the Free National Movement (FNM) administration marked the one-year anniversary of its historic election win on May 10, 2017, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis told members of the media Thursday, that government is not seeking a popular vote of approval.
“Any individual, whether it be a government leader or manager, if they have 100 per cent with them, then they are weak,” Dr. Minnis said.
The prime minister’s comments came on the heels of assertions made by opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Phillip Davis earlier this week, who suggested the current administration’s first year can be graded as unsatisfactory.
A recent survey conducted by Public Doman indicated that the FNM lost 18 per cent of support since entering office.
The poll indicated that the number of Bahamians dissatisfied with the government has increased by 28 per cent since voters went to the polls last year May. The review also revealed that a number of people surveyed now believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Dr. Minnis said yesterday, however, that his administration is focused on “nation building” and not bending to please everyone.
“They are bending to please everyone. That is not us,” he said.
“We are working toward building a nation and what we will do for one, will make someone else unhappy. This is a reality.”
Dr. Minnis said he is extremely proud that his administration was able to successfully establish the Prime Minister Delivery Unit (PMDU), which launched May 8, making The Bahamas the first country in the region to do so.
The body is tasked with ensuring that government keeps on track with its various goals and enables the citizenry to keep government accountable.
“I’m especially elated to establish the PMDU where we can actually trace everything that we have promised, to ensure that they are delivered,” he shared.
“Everything will be in real time. The media and Bahamians, can visit the PDMU and utilize its resources to see where the government is on its agenda and our progression.”
The FNM hosted an open house Thursday night to update Bahamians on what each cabinet minister has done since taking office.