Priority intervention works will soon begin in over nine communities in the Roseau South and South East constituencies.
The contracts signed by the Ministry of Public Works and Ports and 14 contractors took place at the Financial Centre Conference Room on Wednesday, April 27.
The sum of the contracts is $4m and is part of efforts to ensure safety of Dominica’s road infrastructure.
Acting Prime Minister, Hon Rayburn Blackmore, encouraged contractors to exercise diligence while executing their projects.
“As we seek to build back our roads better, we therefore have a responsibility as a Government to ensure in that effort that all can enjoy a piece of the national cake. Everyone who will be signing a contract today is either from the Castle Comfort area… it is a situation whereby all of us can benefit from the rebuilding effort.”
The Honourable Minister for Public Works and Ports, Sen. Miriam Blanchard, emphasized that restoration will be the focus of the Government of Dominica following the devastation of Tropical Storm Erika.
“I wish to say that while this contracts have been awarded for only some geographic areas it does not mean that there are no projects planned for other areas. In fact we have a number of other contracts that have been tendered that we expect to sign in the next coming days or weeks. In addition, we hope to do a comprehensive road rehabilitation programme particularly in the city of Roseau and its environs as well as in other parts of the island soon.”
The biggest contract has been assigned for works in the Geneva, Grand
The Honourable Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency, Justina Charles, regarded this as a huge opportunity to employ young people.
“I am elated that at least somebody from the south, from my constituency, has been selected and it means therefore that he has placed himself in a position where he can be qualified as a contractor. I want to use this opportunity also to call on the many small contractors to position themselves so that when those opportunities arise they can take advantage of it. It is an opportunity for them to grow to become bigger contractors and can undertake larger projects. It is also an opportunity for us to be able to employ quite a few of our young people.”
Parliamentary Representative for the Petite Savanne Constituency expressed relief at the major intervention that will be undertaken in his district.
“Over the past few weeks we had small agitation and concerns by the members of these communities. We have seen some works started already in the Fond St. Jean area, the Fond St. Jean end of the Bagatelle river… work is ongoing and nearing completion that will make life easier for the people of the Fond St. Jean area. We have seen $4k spent on the Pichelin river dredging so whatever additional works to be done there, somewhere in the region of over half a million dollars, is welcome work.”