$36M contract signed for construction of female dorm at Bina Hill Institute

DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Female students attending the Bina Hill Institute will soon be housed in comfort following the construction of a dormitory. The $36M contract was signed on Wednesday, between the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and BK International Incorporated at the Bina Hill Institute in Annai, Region Nine.

Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock (center) handing over the contract to Accountant of B K International Inc. Esau Samad in the presence of government officials, residents of Annai and educators of the Bina Hill Institute.

The dormitory is expected to accommodate approximately 40 female students from the surrounding communities. Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock told the gathering that the signing of the contract signals the emphasis that government is placing on education.

“If we are to have economic independence, we need to have a qualified group of workers and to have a qualified group of workers we need the institution that will allow us to get there… the Bina Hill School for learning is not the regular kindergarten, primary or secondary school, it is a school for rounding our young adults” the Minister explained.

According to the Minister, the construction of the dorm is just the beginning of providing better facilities for young people. This he said will allow them to make meaningful contributions to village, regional and national development.

Esau Samad, accountant at BK International Incorporated, expressed the company’s honour at being awarded the contract and assured that they have the expertise to provide quality work. Additionally, Samad indicated that persons from the region are the ones who will benefit from job opportunities.

He stated that “the engineers who would be executing the contract are from this region and they will be hiring personnel from this region to execute the work.”

Gloria Duarte, one of the tutors attached to the Bina Hill Institute said that she is thankful that institution is finally being

The site where the dorm is expected to be constructed.

considered. Duarte said, “We are so happy that the government considered this project and award the project to Bina Hill Institute so that the students here will be more comfortable and it will be easier for the manager in charge to manage the dorms (dormitory).”

The same sentiments were expressed by Eugene Xavier, Executive Director of the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB). Xavier said that the construction of the dormitory is something the students have been anxiously awaiting.

With the signing of the contract he noted “I am very happy, I am very pleased with what has transpired… We look forward to quality work so that our people can benefit.”

Construction of the dormitory is expected to commence within the next two weeks. The bulk of the materials that will be used for construction will be sourced from the region.

The contract for the construction of the male dormitory, to house approximately 40 students as well, has also been awarded to B K International Incorporated and is expected to be signed in the near future.

 

By:  Isaiah Braithwaite

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