‘National Housing Company is a success,’ Housing Minister says

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The minister responsible for housing, Maria Browne, said the Gaston Browne administration has been the most successful government as a builder of homes in the history of Antigua.

“Judged by the number of houses that have been constructed in a period of five years, the National Housing Company is a success,” Browne, the wife of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, said in a statement released to the media yesterday.

Her remarks came a day after the Minister of Works, Lennox Weston — during a site tour of the Paynters project with the media on Thursday — harshly criticised the National Housing Company which he said “continues to be very slow in completing a very important project for the government”, and added that his ministry was ready to take over the project.

However, Minister Browne’s release continued: “The National Housing and Urban Renewal Company, a fully-owned government company, has constructed homes at Dredge Bay that are all occupied. The company has also constructed homes at Paynters, and continues to work on completing additional houses. The company has also completed construction of all homes at Denfields. Approximately 300 homes have been completed; another 100 are under construction, and the People’s Republic of China has agreed to build 250 homes. CHAPA has also completed homes.

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