While tens of thousands of Bahamians remain out of work, the National Economic Council has recommended that the Department of Immigration approve 300 work permits for Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club in storm-ravaged Abaco.
Sources close to the matter have reliably informed The Gallery that Mexican nationals are set to receive the work permits, which are being processed by Immigration.
“I am directed to advise that the National Economic Council at its most recent meeting concluded on the application submitted on behalf of Abaco Holdings Ltd. recommended to the Department of Immigration the issuance of three hundred (300) work permits, the applications of such will be subject to the normal requirements of that Department and the requirements of the Department of Labour,” according to a letter from Carol Young for the Director of Investments.
However, according to Young, the request of Passerine at Abaco Holdings to obtain 500 work permits was refused.
In March, Bakers Bay was expected to receive 135 of the 300 work permits to rebuild following Hurricane Dorian.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a wrench in their plans. The 135 permits are now being prepared.
The project is taking place in phases.
Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson said there are not enough Bahamians available to rebuild in Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Is this still the case when as of the first week of June, 55,000 people have applied for unemployment assistance?
The unemployment rate is estimated at up to 40 percent.