Capital works near completion – REO  Jaikaran

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, April 13, 2019

Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region 2) is well on its way to completing all of its capital works for 2019, this was revealed in an exclusive interview with the Regional Executive Officer (REO), Denis Jaikaran.

Before going into detail, the REO gave a brief breakdown of the finances for the region, indicating that their “appropriation for capital expenditure for 2019 was $532M, of which 10 per cent is retention for 2018. Forty per cent are for projects awarded by the National Tender Board. To date, we would have at least 70 per cent have been awarded by the National Tender Board.”

The REO explained that by the end of April, several  regional works will be completed, and by the end of the year, given the current pace being kept, the expectation is that all of the capital works, which are awarded through the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) in the region will be completed.

Most notable amongst these works would be the enhancement and upgrading of the Suddie Public Hospital. Jaikaran explained, “Another big project in the region is the Suddie Public Hospital operational theatre, that is to be completed sometime this month, in that there are many facilities to provide services for healthcare delivery in the region.”

With the hospital receiving an Operational Theatre, residents would no longer need to make the journey to Georgetown to have certain types of Surgeries carried out.

Another major work project to be completed by the end of the month is the upgrade of the Supenaam speedboat stelling. The stelling is set to be the face of the region so that when visitors arrive on the coast, it shows them what they can expect from the Cinderella County.

Meanwhile, in a brief interview, the Regional Education Officer (ag), Nicola Matthews revealed that they have begun consultations for the design of the Abram Zuil Secondary School, which is expected to be taken down and reconstructed.

“One part of the Abram Zuil Secondary was done, that is the signing of the design and mobilisation taking place later in the year so by September, we will have our consultation and discussion with our parents and teachers, so they can know the way forward” Matthews indicated.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for developmental projects being carried out within the Pomeroon-Supenaam area which is known for its rice production levels. From bridges to roads, hospitals and schools, Essequibo stands as a testament to the infrastructural growth Guyana is experiencing.

Nikosi Bruce

Images: Ameer Sattaur