Government has moved one step closer to fulfilling its promise of making government services more readily available to residents of Berbice, according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.
Harmon told reporters last Thursday at a post-Cabinet press conference that Cabinet has granted a no-objection to a $57,553,455 contract for the construction of immigration buildings at tract ‘MC’ Ordinance Fortlands, Berbice. The contract, which was awarded to M and P Investments by the Ministry of Citizenship, was one of several granted no-objections at last Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.
Harmon explained that the new office, which will be located in a central part of Corentyne between New Amsterdam and Corriverton, is a partial fulfilment of a commitment made to provide better facilities to Berbice.
“We promised the citizens of Berbice we would build for them a modern space where all immigration services would be provided. These are practical measures we are putting in place,” he explained. He also noted that the country’s LTE (Long Term Evolution) network is expected to be a major contributor to the provision of these services.
Other contracts announced included one valued, US$102,000.00, which was awarded to A.A. LAQUIS Limited of Trinidad by the Ministry of Public Health for the procurement and delivery of public medical supplies.
The Ministry of Education also awarded two contracts. The first, $26,186,068, was for the construction of a new maintenance building at the University of Guyana and it was awarded to M and P Investments, while the second, valued $18,507,900, was awarded to Kascon Engineering Service for the extension of the University of Guyana library at its Berbice Campus.
The Ministry of Public Security also awarded a contract, valued $17,521,314, to Gharbarran Construction for the rehabilitation of living quarters at the Beterverwagting and Cove and John police stations.
The Ministry of Communities also awarded a $33,216,374 contract to K and P Project Management for rehabilitation works at the Mahdia Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture awarded a contract to General Engineering and Supplies Services Incorporated in the sum of $334, 922,700 for the construction of a sluice and pump station at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara and the Guyana Energy Agency has awarded Standby Power Engineering Company (SPECOM) an $87,500,000 contract for the supply and installation of 18 grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems.