Engineers should train junior colleagues – Benn

Works Minister Robeson Benn has urged qualified engineers and technicians to train their junior colleagues.

He was speaking at a party the Ministry of Public Works held on Friday where several of its employees were honoured for their outstanding performance in 2013.

In his speech, Benn also called for improvements on risk assessments for projects.  “We want to continue to develop a

Employees of the Ministry of Public Works at the party. (Ministry of Public Works photo)
Employees of the Ministry of Public Works at the party. (Ministry of Public Works photo)

culture of safety throughout the country,” he said, according to a press release.

President Donald Ramotar also expressed optimism about the ministry’s role in infrastructural development this year. “Let’s recharge those batteries so projects are on time and rededicate ourselves to build a better Guyana,” he said. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds echoed his views, noting that Guyana “is our creation.”

The ministry also recognised the service provided by Irvin Stephens, Errol Ashley, Denise Burke and Indranie Palto who were named the top employees of 2013. Palto, a personnel officer was judged the Worker of the Year. Burke, a Confidential Secretary to the Permanent Secretary, came second; while Ashley an Office Assistant and Stephens a driver in the Force Account Unit were adjudged third and fourth place, respectively. They were given certificates and monetary awards for their service.

Irvin Stephens (left) receives his certificate from Minister Robeson Benn. (Ministry of Public Works photo)
Irvin Stephens (left) receives his certificate from Minister Robeson Benn. (Ministry of Public Works photo)

Several other employees who were also recognised for their service were given certificates.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry Balraj Balram said employees were assessed in several categories including their attitude to work and attendance. The ministry currently has 459 employees on its payroll.

Education Minister Priya Manickchand and Health Minister Dr Bheri Ramsaran also attended the ministry’s party which was held at the Transport and Harbours Sports Club, the press release said.

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