Shadow Minister questions priorities of Gozo Minister over painting purchase

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Shadow Minister questions priorities of Gozo Minister over painting purchaseShadow Minister for Gozo Dr Chris Said has questioned the priorities of the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, after it had been revealed in some media about the purchase through the Ministry for Gozo budget of a Mattia Preti painting for almost €400,00, at a Sotheby’s auction.

Speaking on Monday evening during a Parliamentary adjournment, Dr Said said that the money should have been used on projects such as road maintenance etc.

In a post on his facebook page, the Shadow Minister said that the painting had been purchased for the Gozo Museum, even though work has not yet been started on it.

Dr Said said if this is a priority of the Minister for Gozo then “we have a big problem in the future. Four hundred thousand euros for the painting, when:”

* “There is no money to rectify the breakwater at Marsalforn;

* There is no money to correct roads that are in a bad state and that are the direct responsibility of the Ministry for Gozo;

* There is no money to restore historical places like the Ta’ Gordan Lighthouse, the Qbajjar Tower and many others;

* There is no money to correct rural roads on which so many tourists pass and are also used by many farmers.”

“The list is never ending and the needs are basic for Gozo and Gozitans. However, many of these needs are much more important and urgent than the purchase of a painting for the phenomenal price of four hundred thousand euro,” said Dr Said.

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