Saint Lucia has made an offer to the British government to have prisoners from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) transferred here, Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has said.
However the Saint Lucia Prime Minister disclosed that the British government has not taken this country up on the offer of the prisoner transfer.
“But certainly we wanted to let them know that we would make facilities available, should it be needed,” Chastanet said.
The BVI was heavily impacted by hurricane Irma.
“The prison was badly damaged and so we were making space at Bordelais as well as making facilities available at the free zone to be able to help,” Chastanet told a news conference Friday.
He explained that there is a shortage of manpower because people are helping with essential services.
“Saint Lucia stands ready to assist all of our brothers,” the Prime Minister, who is currently Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) declared.
Chastanet also announced that an initial sum of half a million dollars has been given to the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), which has been activated to coordinate supplies to be sent to the Islands that have been affected by Irma.
NEMO is preparing to deploy persons to some of the affected Islands as early as Sunday.
In addition, the organisation was preparing Friday to send water, hygiene kits and other supplies to Antigua for onward distribution to impacted Islands.