Govt approves $695M in contracts - $10.6M for UG roofs

By Alim Hassim
Stabroek News
May 22, 1999

The government has over the past week approved contracts valued in excess of $695 million, among which is $10.6 million for repairs to the roofs of faculty buildings at the University of Guyana (UG). This was announced by Cabinet Secretary and Head of the President Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, at his regular press conference at the GTV-11 studios yesterday.

The $10.6 million allocated to UG is for rehabilitation of all the faculty roofs except that of the Technology Faculty. Funds for that project will come from the Government of Guyana.

Among the other funds approved in the education sector are some $43.3 million for extension of the contract for supervisory consultants for new schools. Some $79 million has been approved for the Primary Education Improvement Programme's (PEIP) Organisation Capacity Assessment of the Ministry of Education; pre-qualification of suppliers for the manufacture and delivery of primary school furniture; and component II of the Quality Improvement in the Classroom project. Those funds are sourced from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), according to Luncheon.

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) will benefit from a $6.7 million allocation, through the International Development Association (IDA--the private sector arm of the World Bank) and the Government of Guyana, for two four-wheel-drive pick-up trucks.

In the agriculture sector, $134 million has been approved for the construction of approximately six miles of all-weather farm access roads between Supenaam and Charity, Essequibo.

In the Home Affairs Ministry some $46.2 million has been approved for the purchase of transportation equipment under the Public Administration Programme (PAP). Another $54.6 million has been approved for the supply of equipment in three lots for the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Fisheries, Crops and Livestock.

In the public works area, funds to the tune of about $13.2 million have been allocated for the construction of timber revetment at Middleton Street, Campbellville from Campbell Avenue to Cummings Canal.

Funds have been approved for a number of projects in the housing and water sector. They include $16 million for construction of two culverts at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD); $22 million for the construction of three bridges at Grove, EBD; $14.7 million for the building of two bridges at Diamond, EBD; $133.3 million for the rehabilitation of two main access roads at Diamond and Grove; and $121.6 million for piped water distribution networks at Tuschen and Grove, East Bank Demerara. These projects are funded by the Government of Guyana, according to Luncheon.

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