Marco City constituents attended a meeting where they voiced concerns to their MP, Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Michael Pintard on Thursday, September 28 at Central Church of God.
Following the meeting, Pintard shared his plans for the future with this daily.
He noted that prior to the May 10, 2017 General Election, the Marco City team pledged to hold town meetings where they could inform the public and provide “concrete help.
“We are now in our fourth town meeting, addressing the range of concerns the people have,” he added.
The minister said that the main focus of Thursday night’s meeting was on social assistance, as well as assistance from the Grand Bahama Utility Company and the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC).
“We believe that at the end of the day, Bahamians are more interested in ownership and working than social assistance. But for those that temporarily find themselves in a difficult position we thought it was absolutely necessary to bring the decision makers in Social Services to explain the services offered, how do you qualify for it, what level of assistance you would get and what is the timeline before you are able to receive that help,” he explained.
He revealed that attendees were able to ask questions and then received private consultation to deal with pressing matters.
Pintard said that as the MP, it is his obligation to listen to residents and determine how they might be able to partner with them to address their issues.
“It’s a difficult time in Grand Bahama, at the moment, but we believe through the grace of God, through partnership, through being our brother’s and sister’s keeper we could help change some lives,” he said.
He took the opportunity to appeal to those who are able to assist others who are in need, he also asked commercial institutions to be sympathetic towards persons who were paying their mortgage and rent.