Contract for Mosquito Hall sea defence cleared

Cabinet has offered no objections to seven contracts including one for the Mosquito Hall sea defence, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon said on Wednesday.

Luncheon stated that among those contracts cleared was $275 million for the sea defence overhaul planned for Mosquito Hall, East Coast Demerara. Public Works Minister Robeson Benn had stated that work was to officially commence in March while earlier in the year temporary fixes were being done prior to the tendering.

Also on the list of cleared contracts was the long-awaited drainage and Irrigation contract for eight stainless steel sluice gates. The contract for $44.4 million is for the fabrication and delivery of the gates to the Hope Canal.

Under agriculture two more contracts were also given the green light for drainage and irrigation; $40.9 million for the procurement of pumps for Region 6, $19.7 million for the expansion of the sluice at Grove and Diamond, and $63.2 million for the same at Herstelling.

Luncheon revealed that Cabinet also gave the go-ahead for a $7.2 million contract for the procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies which is unusual because cabinet’s no objection is normally only granted on contracts over $15 million.

An additional $30.7 million contract for tuberculosis medication and US$136,700 was cleared for vaccines under the Maternal and Child Health Programme.

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