Prime Minister Gaston Browne says that with the plans his government has for Antigua and Barbuda, second class citizens and by extension inequality, will be a thing of the past.
The Prime Minister, who was speaking during the launch of the Road Infrastructure and Lighting Retrofitting Projects on Thursday, noted that despite the differences among the countries residence, everyone will be regarded as equals when it comes to opportunities.
“As a government we will have no second class citizens, no inferior gender and we will create opportunities for all our people. For persons with disabilities, for special needs children we will pursue a holistic development; notwithstanding your nationality, creed, color or class, we want to make sure that our policy remains all inclusive, one that will provide opportunities for all of our people,” he noted.
The nation’s leader noted that irrespective of this, individuals should the cease the opportunity when they arise to reduce the number of imported professionals to perform a task which could have been done locally.
“We continue to encourage you to seize the opportunity when they are available rather than to leave them vacant and to allow other individuals to come in and to capitalize on those opportunities. At the need of the day we are one people with a common destiny notwithstanding the diversity and as far as my government is concerned, diversity represent strengths and not a weakness,” the PM stated.
Meantime, the Prime Minister noted that major projects are in the pipeline for Antigua and Barbuda. He anticipated that they will create thousands of job opportunities for residents.