Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis traveled to North Abaco, including a number of the Abaco cays today as part of his assessment of relief and recovery efforts on affected islands. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and North Abaco MP the Hon. Darren Henfield; Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition, Mr. I. Chester Cooper; and President of the Bahamas Christian Council, Bishop Delton Fernander. Prime Minister Minnis visited Green Turtle Cay and Elbow Cay, and the settlements of
Cooper’s Town, Crown Haven and Fox Town in North Abaco.
The Prime Minister attempted to visit North Abaco last week Friday during his trip to Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour but the roadway was impassable. Today he was able to access the North and cays via helicopter which also carried food and relief supplies for residents.
The Prime Minister visited distribution centers and spoke directly with residents to determine their needs. Distribution centers appeared well-stocked with food and relief supplies. In Green Turtle Cay, the Key West Cares organization reported that in six days it has landed 18,000 pounds of food to the cay. Prime Minister Minnis thanked local and international NGOs for their assistance and support during this tragedy. He assured residents that the Government would work quickly to restore services to the islands.
The Prime Minister said that repairing the severely damaged bridge that has cut off Little Abaco from Great Abaco is a priority for the Government. “Be assured that we will do everything possible as quickly as possible to get everything functioning again,” the Prime Minister told residents.