Over $360M in contracts awarded in education sector

Stabroek News
July 16, 2000

Cabinet has award some 13 contracts for the rehabilitation and construction of schools, consultancy service for the rehabilitation of Queen's College, sea defence works, and for potable water supply in Regions One, Seven and Eight among other sectors.

Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon made the announcement at his regular press briefing held at the GTV studios yesterday morning.

Dr Luncheon told Stabroek News that the consultancy service contract, valued at US$46.4 million for the rehabilitation of Queen's College, was awarded to Orin Hinds and Associates Architects Ltd.

Contracts valued some $311.8 million have been awarded for the rehabilitation and construction of four primary schools under the Primary Education Improvement Project, as well as the supply of surveying instruments and accessories for the Georgetown and New Amsterdam Technical institutes.

Albion Primary is to be rehabilitated at a cost of $32.9 million; Supply Primary is to be built at $38.8 million; Kabakaburi Primary to be built at $86 million; and the Corriverton Primary to be built at $153.9 million.

Under the works sector, some $78 million has been awarded for the supervision of sea defence construction at Reliance on the Essequibo Coast; Hague, Cornelia Ida and Stanleytown in West Demerara; and at Turkeyen/Ogle, Mon Repos and Good Hope on the East Coast Demerara. This project is funded by the IDB. The sum of $29.2 million has been awarded for sandblasting of uniflotes and fabrication of scow ends for the Demerara Harbour Bridge Rehabilitation Project; and the sum of $98.4 million for the construction of 200 metres of sea defence at Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara. These projects are also IDB-funded.

A Government of Guyana contract for the construction of a service centre, valued at $24.3 million at Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast has also been awarded.

In the agriculture sector, a contract for the sum of $68.4 million has been awarded for the supply of three mobile pumps for the National Drainage and Irrigation Board. Funding is being provided by government.

The World Bank-funded contract, valued at US$604,213, for the supply of materials and construction of wells in Regions One (Barima/Waini), Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) has been awarded.

The sum of US$36,038 has also been awarded for the purchase of reagents for the Central Medical Laboratory of the Georgetown Public Hospital and regional laboratories under the health sector. This is being funded by the government.

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