CONTRACTS SIGNED || $420M for Markets construction at Parika and Leonora
-Providing jobs to citizens nationwide – President Dr. Irfaan Ali commitment.
Two contracts were today signed in the presence of the Hon. Ministers of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall and Public Works, Deodat Indar.
The two contracts are valued at a total of $420M for the construction of the Parika Market and a tarmac at Leonora Market.
The contract signed at Parika is for the second phase of construction of the market at a cost of $270M GYD. The Parika project should be completed in five months time.
After over five decades, vendors will benefit from a new market space conducive for plying their trade at the Leonora Market, Region three. In 5 months, transition works are to begin and a tarmac will be built then vendors will be placed into market to do rehab works on roads in the area.
The contract signed is for the construction of an 8000sq meter tarmac at a cost of $150M. Upon completion of this project it will cater to just over 700 vendors at the Leonora Market Space.
In the near future more work will be completed at Leonora market which will see the construction of sanitary facilities, upgraded drainage and electricity will be catered for. As time goes by an upgraded parking lot.
The trenches and drains surrounding the market area will be cleaned and upkept by the NDC.
Rehabilitative works and construction has been done on other markets across the country, Mon repos, Charity, Berbice, other small markets around Georgetown with the first phase of Parika which started early 2022.
Several vendors were present at the contract signing and a few shared their stories as vendors and their gratitude for the project finally taking place.
People within the community will benefit from works in the community, specifically the market project. The contractor responsible for completion of works is from Leonora which means that the project will provide employment for persons of that community.
Also highlighted at the signing was the part time workers programme.
Minister Dharamall in his speech said that the part-time worker programme is a commitment of H. E Dr. Irfaan Ali to providing 50,000 jobs across the country with region 3 benefitting from at least $80M per month in salaries. Further, the minister calls on the NDC to ensure the upkeep of the infrastructure of public spaces in the community.
As the fastest growing community in the region, Minister Dharamlall also urged residents and vendors alike to keep the environment clean.
Residents were also tasked with encouraged to be involved in community projects as this will allow for smooth and transparent processes.
This project is a commitment of H.E. Dr. Irfaan Ali to development of communities across Guyana through the Local Government Sector.