Statement from the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance In Response to Fabrications on Whatsapp

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest was the keynote speaker at the opening of the 20th annual Grand Bahama Business Outlook, which was held on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Grand Lucayan. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

It has come to my attention that a WhatsApp message is being circulated stating that I,
as Minister of Finance, will “benefit hugely” from the Oban $5.5 billion proposed Oil Refinery & Storage project in East Grand Bahama. I wish to confirm and assure my Constituents of East Grand Bahama and the wider Bahamian community that this is a vicious untruth spewed by those who wish to create political mischief. This is truly unfortunate and shows the desperation of these operatives who know no bounds of decency and have no basis on which to attack this government which has been working to right many of the insulting wrongs left behind by the prior administration.

For clarity, I am a member of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants and I have
a license from the GBPA as a sole practitioner, however, it is and has been inactive since I
was appointed Minister of Finance on May 12, 2017. The Bahamian people can rest assured that I have and will devote 100 percent of my professional energy to rescuing this country from the grips and levels of negligence and greed experienced over the last five years. Thank God our efforts are bearing fruit and we will remain focused on the positives in our community and on our work. The level of fake news today is sickening and unfortunately confuses too many of our citizens who do not understand the extent to which these unnamed cowardly charlatans will go to mislead them. I encourage citizens to discern for themselves the facts and to be informed, as it is the only way to combat this unfortunate abuse of social media and our democracy.

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