Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Local Gov’t Ministry concerned over slow pace of regional contracts’ implementation

Georgetown, GINA, September 7, 2013

 Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Ganga Persaud has expressed displeasure over the pace at which some contractors are executing the regions’ projects that are being implemented under the 2013 National Budget 2013.

The Minister’s comment came following several rounds of inspections of the projects. Minister Persaud said too, that the ministry is not pleased that some of the regional officials are accepting excuses that the contractors are proffering as many are less than plausible.

Teams from the Local Government Ministry, in addition to visiting a number of these project sites also conducted meetings with the various departmental heads in the regions. The most recent meetings were held with officials in Region Two, and prior to that, with those in Regions One and Eight.

With regards to implementation of the education programmes in the region, Minister Persaud said that the ministry is cognisant of instances where some of the contractors who won bids to effect work on education facilities have lagged behind. He said that during the rounds of meetings, the ministry sought to reinforce to regional officials the need to take a very strong approach in ensuring these contractors complete their task as early as possible.

“If there is need to institute liquidated damages we have advised the Regional Executive Officers and the Regional Education Officers to so do because we cannot have these facilities not being up to standard and the school term would have commenced,” he said.

The Minister also shared the view that by the end of September, there should be significant movement with regards the implementation of current and capital programmes in the regions.

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