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Nov 10, 2022

Government Footing Majority of the Fuel Bill for Hurricane Lisa Cleanup Campaign

Prime Minister John Briceño

We have been reporting on the ongoing cleanup efforts across Belize City and the fact that over one thousand truck loads of debris have been transported to the transfer station in Belize City. But, how much fuel is being consumed for such a massive operation? And, who is footing that bill? Well, according to Prime Minister Briceño, the majority of that bill will be covered with public funds. Notwithstanding the current cost of fuel, the Prime Minister suggests that one looks at the glass as half full.


Prime Minister John Briceño

“Let us look at the glass being half full. We would have had to pay for the trucks and the labor and all of these things and we are not, because they are donated. Over the weekend by the way the Ministry of Infrastructure Development got about four or five contractors and they came in for three days to assist with their own equipment, their own fuel to do the clean up. Um, but obviously in many instances the government has to pay the fuel bill. For instance, the cane farmers they are not wealthy. They said assist us with some diesel, so we are assisting n diesel. But, their people are there working for free. I was reminding them I said, yo nuh deh dah cane field, you deh dah city. Because, they had their lunch bags wrapped up with food and sitting down in a little corner trying o eat something while taking a little break. So, most of this is donated, but when it comes to the fuel bill in many instances, the government has to foot the bill.”

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