By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Local Government, Colin Croal says the ‘clean up my country initiative’ currently being rolled in the Capital, Georgetown is well on track to being completed within the stipulated time frame.
He says some $125 million has been expended from the total $500 million allocated to clean and carry out works in several communities around the city. Meanwhile, to date the Ministry has committed, through contracts already signed, to expending $225 million.
Croal made the revelation this morning (Monday, October 13) at the Ministry, during the signing of an additional seven contracts to the tune of $41, 809,512.
He explained that 95% of works to be done on seven main canals around the city has been completed; adding that the construction of three sluices is behind schedule and could likely see the termination of that contract and subsequent re – tendering.
Meanwhile, the community cleanup has already occurred in several communities with works ongoing in others. To this end, Croal said the volume of work to be done is some 50% completed.
With regards to the Le Repentir Cemetery, the Permanent Secretary said works are progressing fairly and anticipates that Cabinet will offer its no objections to contracts for two remaining blocks when it meets tomorrow.
Works are also ongoing at the three main city markets. Croal also provided an update on the Regional aspect of the works for which another $500 million has been allocated. He said the regional works are now “picking up pace.”
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the initiative, Olive Gopaul made an appeal to the citizenry to desist from littering, particularly areas that have already been cleaned.
Also, Minster Norman Whittaker said he was personally pleased with the progress made.
He said it was an opportunity to inculcate new values in relations to keeping one’s personal surrounding clean.