The Hon Minister for Youth, Sports, Culture and Constituency Empowerment and Member of Parliament for the Grand Bay constituency, Justina Charles has indicated her full support for supplementary estimates of $155 million presented to the House of Parliament on May 23rd.
Sixteen point four million dollars was allocated to her ministry for various projects between July 2016 to April 2017. Close to $11 million of that sum was allocated to improve 84 secondary roads in communities across the island.
Hon Charles says the benefits of rehabilitating these roads go beyond better access.
“It speaks to purchasing of materials at business houses; so that is one aspect of benefit… it speaks to job security for the many people employed there.”
“It speaks to truck drivers and the heavy equipment operators and the benefits for them and their families. It speaks to empowering our local community members; as I said all of those roads were made by local men in the various communities. “
Most of these projects are facilitated through local government authorities. While Hon Charles commended local authorities and contractors for their efficient work in executing these project, she informed the House that measures are in place to ensure accountability.
“We do not want to just put the money out there, we need to ensure that the work is properly supervised and so we see in the appropriation an amount of $54,125 was appropriated to engage a coordinator and four project officers who will go around the island to supervise the work and to give reports on a regular basis to the ministry to make sure that every cent and everything can be accounted for and the work is properly done.”