JIS News

April 1, 2006 marked the fifth year since the National Works Agency (NWA) began operations as an Executive Agency, and to commemorate this occasion, the agency has planned a number of activities to involve and include the general public.
On Wednesday, April 26, the NWA will host a Financial, Health and Wellness Fair to encourage members of the public, particularly public servants, to create wealth and practise healthy lifestyles.
The fair, which will be held at the NWA’s Maxfield Avenue offices, will be staged from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Institutions and organisations participating in the fair include Scotia Bank Jamaica Limited, National Commercial Bank Insurance Limited, City of Kingston Co-operative Credit Union (COK), Pan Caribbean Merchant Bank, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), Guardian Life, MediGrace, Blue Cross and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.
On Friday, April 28, the agency will again open its doors to the public when it hosts an Open House from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“This is where we intend to showcase just what we do in undertaking our core business, which is the management of projects. We want to show the Jamaican people some of the processes involved in the construction of their roads,” explained Manager of Communications and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw.
Also on display at Friday’s open house will be a historical corner, where items such as old equipment used in the construction process from as far back as the 1920s, as well as documents and correspondence dating back to those days, are to be exhibited. These have been pulled from the agency’s archives for the public to scrutinise.
Additionally, in the next month, the NWA staff will undertake a community project in the western part of the island, between Westmoreland and Trelawny.
“The idea here is to have staff members of the agency identify a project for some community or some entity that is in need, preferably road-related, and so we would go in and render our assistance at no cost to the Government purse, but our own contribution to the community,” Mr. Shaw told JIS News.
The agency’s fifth anniversary celebrations commenced with a church service, which was held on Sunday, April 23 at the Jamaica Evangelistic Centre in Mandeville, Manchester.