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A two-storey National Insurance Scheme (NIS) office will be constructed in Port Maria, St. Mary at a cost of $33.7 million.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Horace Dalley, Ministry officials and representatives of Garan-tee Construction Company, signed the contract for the commencement of work on the 6,183 square feet office, at the Ministry’s North Street Offices in Kingston today (August 17).
Minister Dalley informed that the construction of the office would be the first of four and was in keeping with the Ministry’s objectives of modernising the Ministry’s operations as well as improving customer service.
“We believe customers especially pensioners who have paid their dues, must be provided with a comfortable environment to do business,” he noted.
Mr. Dalley informed that other offices would be constructed in the parishes of Clarendon, St. Elizabeth and Portland. “We’re investing in the infrastructure of the NIS,” he added.
He also informed that the funds to construct the office would be taken from the National Insurance Fund (NIF), which is presently valued at $39 billion and is among the largest public funds in the country. “The NIS/NIF are self sufficient and will remain so,” Mr. Dalley noted.
Meanwhile Member of Parliament for Central St. Mary, Dr. Morais Guy, in his remarks, noted that the construction of the office was a welcome move and expressed the hope that it would provide employment for persons within the constituency.
“Our contractors can also rest assured that there will be no semblance of extortion here,” he stressed. The ten-month project is expected to begin within the next two weeks.