The Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) rejected any reports of blame for the barrels of food and water, donated to the Barbuda relief efforts that were dumped recently.
OBSERVER media received photos showing food and water piled up outside NODS office complex.
Residents had been decrying on social media, about why the goods were never distributed to the Barbudans in the first place.
Mullin told OBSERVER media that a private citizen donated the food items to aid in relief efforts and did not want to pay the port clearance fee.
“Two containers were shipped to Antigua to somebody other than NODS. However, the containers were sitting at the port for some time because there was a fee involved. When the third party decided that they were not prepared to pay for it the containers were turned over to NODS, and upon opening them the water and other items had expired,” he said, adding, “It was my decision to leave them outside to be discarded.”
Mullin added that some of the items were passed to farmers to feed their livestock.
“We called some farmers who have pigs and [other livestock] and gave them the items that were spoilt,” Mullin said.