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Two contracts valued at some $40 million for the completion of rehabilitative work on the Albert Town to Troy, and Albert Town to Ulster Spring main roads in southern Trelawny were signed yesterday (Dec. 3) at the Maxfield Avenue offices of the Ministry of Transport and Works.
Minister of Transport and Works, Robert Pickersgill, Minister of State in the Ministry, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, and Chief Executive Officer of the National Works Agency (NWA), Ivan Anderson were on hand to sign the contracts on behalf of the government, while Peter Schroeter, one of the Directors of Asphalting Specialists Limited signed for the contractor.
The two contracts will be implemented over a four-month period and are a demonstration of the Government’s commitment “to the philosophy that rural development, especially the development of rural infrastructure, is a catalyst for national socio-economic development,” said Dr. Ferguson.
“Roads, bridges, water supply, clinics, schools etcetera, provide the rural folks with the incentive to remain in the rural areas and not drift to the major towns and cities and so cause overcrowding and undue pressure on the infrastructure and facilities,” he asserted.
Minister Pickersgill, in his statement, entreated the contractor to provide the taxpaying public with value for their money, avoid extortionists and in executing their job, ensure that the work was completed on time and within budget.
“One of the problems we are facing is that billions of dollars have been spent by the Government in the repair and rehabilitation of roads, and once we start spending in this comprehensive way, several monitors spring up all over the island. So, when we are audited and checked, we want to be able to withstand any kind of scrutiny,” said the Works Minister.
He also cautioned the contractor to follow due process when going into the parish, to ensure that works are carried out without any hitches.
“It is not our intention for people who have worked assiduously, to not be paid. This is a four-month contract and if it starts before Christmas, it cannot be viewed as Christmas work. It must be work properly done, dollars well earned and the process transparent, as it will be audited,” Minister Pickersgill stated.
Responding on the contractor’s behalf, Mr. Schroeter gave the assurance that his company would implement the rehabilitative works to the highest standards possible, and would endeavour to complete the project within budget and in the stipulated time frame.

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