A contract valued at $364 million was signed on Monday for the construction of a primary school in Amelia’s Ward/Bamia, Region 10 (Upper Demerara -Upper Berbice).
The contract signing was facilitated by the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development and was awarded to Statment Investment Inc. The facility will house up to 800 pupils.
Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall said initiatives such as these are critical within the region, as it paves the way for development. “This area is very important in the development scope of our country because of its magnitude and because of its potential.”
He said the school is expected to be completed within 20 months and will be able to open its doors to children of the communities in 2024. Minister Dharamlall urged the contractor to utilise labour from within the community as it will create employment for persons there.
“Part of the vision of His Excellency [President Irfaan Ali] is to ensure that whatever resources we place into different regions, that employment creation is one of those outcomes, as well as wealth generation. So, this is not an investment in a school alone, but it is also an investment in the wider economy of Region Ten,” minister Dharamlall explained.
The bids for construction of the school were opened by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) in July of this year; four companies made submissions.