The issuing of four new contracts by the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) for repair works on two recreational facilities, the Theodolph Faulkner Administration building in Anegada and renewable energy project on the Ivan Dawson Primary in Cane Garden Bay on Tortola, is another victory for the territory, Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie has said.
The Premier’s comments were made during the signing ceremony which was broadcasted live via the Government of the Virgin Islands today, February 16.
“With the signing of these contracts, it has signalled yet another victory for the BVI as we steadily move forward with our hurricane recovery efforts as we continue to move forward doing more with less,” he remarked.
He added, “I want to state that it is also an indication that Virgin Gorda and Anegada will have their basketball facilities up and running, their administration building up and running, and the Deputy Governor’s Office and all of us will be working together to make sure that those public structures like the administration buildings will be up to par.”
Premier Fahie said further, despite the ongoing health pandemic, his administration through the RDA has signed several contracts to bolster the economy.
“The construction industry in the BVI is doing extremely well because of the conscious decision made by this government to ensure that we focus on that area and get it going,” he further stated.
More About The Contracts
Meanwhile, Director of Procurement at the RDA John Primo informed that the $209,653.86 contract was awarded to No limit Construction for repair works to the Theodolph Faulkner Administration building on Anegada.
Primo also revealed that Alternative Concrete Solutions Ltd was successful in inking two contracts.
The first contract, valued at $94,423, will be for the rubberized resurfacing for the Basketball Court in the Anegada Recreational Ground.
The second contract, valued at $72,308 is to do the same at the Jeffery A. Caines Sports Complex in Virgin Gorda.
In the meantime, ATEC BVI Ltd was awarded the fourth contract to install a solar facility at the Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay for the price of $53,380.
This final project, unlike the others that are being funded through the $65 million borrowed from the Caribbean Development Bank for hurricane recovery, will be funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Commenting on the contracts, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Hon. Dr. Natalio Wheatley said, the Andrew Fahie-led administration has “shown a real commitment to the restoration of our recreational facilities, we have gone across the Virgin Islands.”
He added, “We believe that recreation is important, it is a good source of exercise, it provides otherwise idle persons to be able to participate in activities.”
Ninth District Representative and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Hon. Vincent Wheatley said he was delighted that three of the four projects would take place in his district.
He said restoring the sporting facilities is important for the sister islands as they have a limited number of avenues for enjoyment and recreation.
He said he was pleased with the upgrades that would be done to the central administration building on Anegada.
“It really warms my heart, we must protect our environment,” he said, referring to the renewable energy project for the Ivan Dawson Primary School.
“I want to see the day that every single public building has a solar panel on it, that’s my dream,” he stated.