The Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs continues to heavily invest in improving living conditions at the Indigenous Residence located on Princes Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.
On Wednesday, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, witnessed the signing of the contract for the extension of the facility, which is home to hundreds of indigenous persons from the hinterland, annually.
Many of them seek medical and other services in Georgetown.
After the contract was signed, Minister Allicock expressed pleasure with the pace of the upgrade to the facility. He noted that, “the residence is in heavy demand and it is really choked, without these facilities.
“It is expected that within four months, we will have more space.”
The Minister added, “The residence was in what I would term a deplorable state of affairs. We had vehicles that were not in working condition parked in the area for many, many years; we had rubbish containers around the residence and it was like a dump heap, which the parliamentary select committee did not miss.”
A Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services following a visit between 2015 and 2016 made several recommendations.
According to Minister Allicock, “the Ministry has since embarked upon those recommendations”.
The accomplishments to date would have seen in excess of $25 million being expended on the facility. There has been the construction of a trestle in 2016 to supply water to more than 200 people on a monthly basis.
Upgrades were carried out to the main dining area, repairs to washrooms and external works, maintenance of fence, land-filling, and rehabilitation of the male and female dormitories, all of which were completed in 2017 to bring comfort to residents.
Works are currently ongoing on the rehabilitation of the maternity ward, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank through the Ministry of Public Health and will be completed by month end.
Last year, the facility also received a much needed boost in the area of transportation when it acquired a minibus, which is being used to transport patients to and from the hospital.
Additionally by October, a further upgrade will be noteworthy with the completion of a spanking new extension, which will ensure additional accommodation.
Minister Allicock also commended the contractors who have executed work on the Indigenous Residence for their timely delivery.
He is hoping that the contractor who will complete the extension, Satar Mohamed and Hardware Supplies will deliver within the contractual time frame.
Signing the contract was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alfred King and Ministry’s Engineer Trilloyd Allen.
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