Major Region Two projects delayed

- REO and Works Committee blame each other

In light of the claims by the Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Two, Rupert Hopkinson that contractors were not being directed to their projects sites and not being paid on time, Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), Devanand Ramdatt says that the issues highlighted were as a result of the REO’s failure to communicate properly with the work services group.

In a letter to Stabroek News published on Tuesday, Hopkinson explained that contractors with more than $25 million in capital projects have not been directed to their project sites to begin their work as of September 2, which he said is more than a month since the contracts have been signed.

“This situation not only results in a slowdown of the project implementation programme, but also an unfair delay in payments which can cripple some contractors. Small contractors who do not have strong credit relationships are particularly vulnerable,” he said.

Hopkinson explained that when contractors ….


Firm for Demerara crossing study not picked via tender

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Cash-strapped GuySuCo to sell land to CH&PA

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Four years’ jail for woman nabbed with cocaine at CJIA

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Constitutional compliance needed, not reform – Nandlall

At present the need for constitutional compliance trumps the need for constitutional reform in Guyana.

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