Jor­dan urges home­own­ers to get in­sur­ance

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Parliament -

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for St Peter, Colin Jor­dan, is urg­ing Bar­ba­di­ans to in­sure their homes and to not see the de­ci­sion as a waste of money.

Jor­dan made the com­ment as the House of As­sem­bly de­bated the vest­ing of land at Chancery Lane, Christ Church, in the Na­tional Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, on Tues­day.

He said it was heart-wrench­ing and tragic when a fam­ily lost a home to fire, but it also placed a bur­den on the so­ci­ety “that maybe ought not to be there for that par­tic­u­lar rea­son”.

“Peo­ple have to un­der­stand they need to take house in­sur­ance for their res­i­dences. It is ab­so­lutely im­por­tant,” Jor­dan said, adding that peo­ple seemed to see in­sur­ance as a waste as there were no im­me­di­ate re­turns on their pre­mi­ums.

He said home­own­ers only recog­nised the value of in­sur­ance af­ter they had suf­fered the loss of their homes.

Jor­dan said the is­sue of easy ac­cess, by emer­gency ve­hi­cles, to houses was one that should be brought to the at­ten­tion of the Min­istry of Hous­ing.

“I am of the view that there should be no house in Bar­ba­dos, no shel­ter for hu­man be­ings, where if it caught afire, a fire truck could not reach it, where if those who live in that place be­came se­ri­ously ill, it would be treach­er­ous for paramedics to ac­cess the home to ad­min­is­ter any kind of care to the in­di­vid­u­als.”

(FP)

MEM­BER OF Par­lia­ment for St Peter, Colin Jor­dan.

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