By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy signed off on nine contracts this morning (Thursday, August 28), totaling $697.3 million which aims to improve Drainage and Irrigation (D&I), in Regions 2, 3 and 6 over the next few months.
The contracts signed are part of a five year program which commenced in 2011 and aims to ensure that there is enough pumping capacity for D&I systems and will see the replacement of old pumps and the installation of some 39 new pumps at new sites.
It will also see the construction of new pump stations in several regions.
Dr. Ramsaamy told the group of Contractors and Consultants gathered in the Boardroom of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) that it is important for the projects to be completed within the stipulated time frame and individual contract sum.
He said there is a good record so far of contractors staying within contract price and timeframe; adding that the efforts over the last years have helped to reduce hiccups of this ilk.
“I hope we don’t have tension between contactors and the NDIA,” Dr Ramsammy said.
The Minister along with Head of NDIA, Lionel Wordsworth is hopeful that the works will commence promptly after the signing even as he pledged better supervision and regular visit to work sites. It is important to note that the projects are supervised by a number of consultants.
He stressed that all contracts went through a public tendering process; adding that his aim was to be transparent lest he be accused of secrecy, as was the case in previous contract awards.