NEEP Programme Praised

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Minister of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe????

Government’s National Environmental Enhancement Programme (NEEP) has come in for high praise.

Deeming it a "social engineering programme that has worked well", Minister of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe, lauded the project for its contribution to the national good.

"… I think this is a perfect example of how Government can engineer projects that provide opportunities for persons to work, to reduce the non-productive costs and to contribute to the national good.

"It is a tremendous programme for more than one reason. It is not only that it lends assistance to the drainage programme, but remember that the programme is a combination of persons who were formally on welfare and I am very?? pleased to say that it is a piece of social engineering that worked?? extremely well. We have only had one person who dropped off the programme and I think that is a tremendous achievement," the Minister noted.

Dr. Lowe lamented the fact that many times we make assumptions about persons who have had to be on welfare, for whatever reason, and "tend to try to minimise their capacity to rise above their circumstances."?? He stressed that the NEEP programme highlighted this capacity many times over.

Over 100 workers joined the NEEP in November last year, and they are largely responsible for the cleaning of drains as well as the beautification of areas around wells and drains.

The programme falls under the aegis of the Drainage Division.

cgaskin@barbados.gov.bb

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