Jan 29, 2016 News
Yesterday, it was reported that General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC), Rawlston Adams, submitted a proposal to the Infrastructure Ministry seeking an increase in rates for
Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, has now indicated that the document is currently with Cabinet awaiting approval.
Once the approval is given, she said, there will be a decline in requests coming for the sums for capital expenditure from the DHBC.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, said that the increase would have nothing to do with the budget, since it is a proposal. The comment came during the announcement of the new Board of Directors.
Ferguson urged Board members to be innovators during their term. The Board of Directors comprises Chairman, Shabir Hussein; Vice Chairman, Joseph Holder; Rafeza Hussein; Claudette Rogers; Mandy Sukhdeo; and Ex-Officio Member, Rawlston Adams. A representative from the GPSU is yet to be nominated.
During her charge, Ferguson urged the members to be forward thinking and advised them to come up with new ideas to better the operations of the Demerara Harbour Bridge. She also extended this advice to the Asphalt Plant, which falls under DHBC.
She shared that, at the end of 2015, both DHBC and the Asphalt Plant performed well and she expressed hope that this performance will only grow under the new board.
She noted the need for improved traffic control and added that this was an area that must be looked into by the board. The goal must be to provide better service to the travelling public, she said.
Minister Ferguson said that the Ministry will be working closely with the Board in the future on a number of projects, including the new Demerara Harbour Bridge for which a schedule of maintenance work is now in place.
Minister Patterson thanked the members for accepting their appointments and reminded them of their social obligations to the Guyanese public.
In response, the Chairman, Shabir Hussein, thanked the Ministers for the confidence placed in him as the chairman and promised the Board’s full cooperation.
Overall, all of the Board members were urged to keep their employees satisfied and in mind.
“Our workers and employees are our most valued assets; we hope that whatever plans you undertake that the employees are with you,” Minister Patterson said. “Whatever you do, don’t forget them,” Minister Ferguson added.
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