In a matter of months, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will have its own building at 3 King Street, in Falmouth, Trelawny.
A contract valued at some $64 .4 million was signed on January 31, for the renovation and expansion of the facility, which was acquired by the National Insurance Fund (NIF) in 2001.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, signed the contract, while Chief Executive Officer of GM Associates, Mr. George Gordon, signed on behalf of his company. Member of Parliament for Trelawny North, and Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, witnessed the signing of the documents.
Mr. Kellier pointed out that the work to be done entails renovation and expansion of the existing building, and will be carried out in two phases. Phase one of the work, which is already complete, included the removal and replacing of the roof with galvanized sheeting.
“Phase two, which starts today, will include demolition of the old chattel buildings; construction of approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of new space; and renovation of the main building,” he noted.
“The extensive renovation to be undertaken will also include the installation of a new sewage disposal system; installation of a new water storage system; central air-conditioning; new bathroom fixtures and fittings, as well as additional bathrooms to serve everyone,” he added,
Mr. Kellier pointed out that work on the facility is scheduled to be completed in six to eight months.
Meanwhile, Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, said that developments of that nature invite ideas, foster community spirit, and build a sense of brotherhood.
For his part, Custos of the parish, Hon. Paul Muschett, said the contract signing shows the continued commitment of the Government to the residents of the parish.
The Custos called on residents to play their part in helping to move the parish forward.