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Cabinet has approved a 15 per cent increase in the cost of a contract for the provision of security services at the Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre.
The original contract sum of $52,784,190 was awarded by the Port Authority of Jamaica to Protection and Security Limited and covered the three-year period 2008 to 2011.
Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing on April 29 at Jamaica House, Minister of Transport and Works, Michael Henry, outlined that a review of security arrangements at the Transportation Centre had pointed to the need for additional manpower to address the “high level of lawlessness and indiscipline amongst commuters, and disregard for safety rules.”
It was determined that the complement of 10 security guards in place was inadequate, so the number was increased to 25 for the first six months of the three-year contract period and subsequently reduced to 15 due to the improvements realised.
Minister Henry explained that due to the increase in the number of security guards, the contract has been revised to $60,886,015, reflecting a 15.35 per cent increase of $8,101,825.
Cabinet, at its sitting this week, also approved the award of a US$432,700 contract to Springhill Suites by Marriott to provide accommodation services (12 rooms) for the Air Jamaica flight crew in Fort Lauderdale, United States, for a period of one year.

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