Min. Keith Bell Tours Eleuthera & Teams Up with Min. Clay Sweeting to Address Immigration and Fishing Concerns
The Minister of Labour and Immigration the Honourable Keith R. Bell led a delegation of senior government officials from the Department of Labour and the Department Immigration on an extensive tour of Eleuthera during a two day trip on that island on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14, 2022.
During the two day mission Minister Bell met with the Administrator of North Eleuthera, Mr. Stephen Wilson and Chief Councillor in Harbour Island, Mr. Terrence Davis where they discussed matters of concern to residents, chief of which was the illegal immigration challenge on the island.
The Labour and Immigration Minister also met with Family Island Councillors and Administrators on Spanish Wells including Mr. Chuck Pinder, Councillor and Mr. Herbert Albury, Deputy Chief Councillor who expressed concerns about illegal immigration challenges on North Eleuthera as well as non-Bahamians fishing illegally in Bahamian waters. Minister Bell assured the island administrators and business persons that his Ministry is committed to doing all in its powers to address their concerns.
Minister Bell and his team also visited the illegal shanty town community in North Eleuthera known as Blackwood. Other stops included a visit at the Immigration Office on Harbour Island. While in Eleuthera, Minister Bell also visited the Immigration Office and the Labour Office in Lower Bogue, Eleuthera where he spoke one on one with staff to hear their concerns. Minister Bell also met with Mr. Harvey Roberts, the Administrator in South Eleuthera.
A major highlight of the trip was a tour of the Immigration Office in Rock Sound, Eleuthera followed by the Immigration Office in Cupids Cay in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera where he was accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs the Honourable Clay Sweeting, the Member of Parliament for Central and South Eleuthera. Minister Bell’s delegation was comprised of Ms. Cecilia Strachan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Immigration; Mrs. Keturah Ferguson, Director of Immigration; Mr. Peter Joseph, Assistant Director of Immigration; Mr. Alexander Carey, First Assistant Secretary; Mr. Morgan Graham, Assistant Director of Labour; Ms. Nicole Curry of the Department of Labour along with various government officials.