Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, has denied claims that the government has been slow in spending pledged funds on the restoration of Barbuda. Browne spoke to OBSERVER media over the weekend about an allegation that there has been slow recovery effort on the sister isle, despite the money pledged by foreign governments and individuals. The Prime Minister asserted that every pledge collected so far was spent on Barbuda and he has blamed the Barbuda people for not taking more responsibility for their affairs. Browne said that every single cent that was collected has been spent in Barbuda and more. What needs to happen, he says, is Barbudans need to take responsibility to fix their homes. Government cannot resolve all of their financial problems, he added. The Prime Minister said that the government has received US $10 million, and it still awaiting fulfillment of pledges totaling approximately EC $32 million from foreign governments.teh Antiguan government still has about three million Canadian from the Canadian government, five million Euros from the European Union to follow and three million pounds from the United Kingdom (UK) government. Brown says that once the money has been collected, it will be spent on repairing critical infrastructure on the sister isle.

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