The sum of three million, seven hundred and forty-one thousand, one hundred and sixty-two Guyana dollars ($3.7M) was on Wednesday evening granted to the Ministry of Communities under Region Three’s regional administration and finance.
Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan during the 98th Sitting of the National Assembly.
The funds granted is “to meet the payment of increased security charges for the provision of 24 hours security services within the West Demerara-Essequibo Islands Region for the period October to December 2018”.
Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan stated that the request for the supplementary provision is due to the increase in hourly rates from $300 to $330 plus VAT, Monday to Saturday, and $495 plus VAT on Sundays.
The minister explained that the time of the 2018 budget, there was a previous contract with Safeway Security which catered for four facilities at hourly rates of $300. He further explained that the previous contract did not cater for twenty-four hours security for the administrative buildings.
The new contract with Sentinel Security which was awarded in November 2017 includes additional hours as well as the provision for security services for two additional buildings.
Sentinel Security provides nineteen guards for six administrative buildings in the West Demerara Region and costs a total of $19.9M for a twelve months period.
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