The Regional Democratic Council (RDC), Region 10 on Tuesday, received bids for over $100 M in contracts for infrastructural works which are expected to be awarded soon. Most of the projects include continuation and upgrading of roads and drains in central Linden and outlying communities.
Bids were received for the rehabilitation of First Street Road, South Amelia’s Ward, access road to the tune of $2.4 M; the continuation of the upgrading of fair-weather carriageway-Oronoque Drive Retrieve-$11.1 M; continuation of Upgrading of Sir David Rose Avenue to Yuriballi Street access road to the tune of $13.9 M; Upgrading of fair-weather carriageway Wismar Hill Four-Corner Entrance to the tune of $13.9 M and Upgrading of fair-weather carriageway with asphaltic concrete (hotmix) Material-Hostel Road, Amelia’s Ward to the tune of $11.9 M, amongst others.
In the outlying communities, bids were included for the upgrading of fair-weather carriageway- Ituni, Crossman Avenue to the tune of $13.9 M. Bids were also received for the supplies of Office/Field Materials and Supplies, Janitorial and Cleaning Supplies and Dietary supplies for the Education Department.
Regional Chairman Deron Adams, said he is looking forward for the tendering process that will be executed by the regional tender board chaired by Regional Executive Officer Dwight John, to be fair and without bias and that residents of Region 10, irrespective of party affiliation will be considered so as to ensure the budgetary funds which are the people’s money, is trickled down to all and sundry. He said in accordance with the government’s mandate, small businesses should be given due consideration and that local content must be prioritised.
In a previous interview, REO John said that he is committed to ensuring the tendering process is fair and free of corruption and collusion between members and contractors. The region has an allocation of $5.3 B in total for 2022. The sum of $1.1 B for health services, $352 M for public works, $75 M for agriculture and $281 M for regional administration and finance.
Some of the major capital projects include the construction of a new primary school at Bamia, construction of a teachers’ quarters at Mabura and the continuation of a farm to market road from Linden to Ebini. REO John said the focus on the budget this year is on water transportation, particularly for the riverain areas.