Local contractor Francis A. Jeremiah & Company Limited has successfully won the bid to undertake remedial work on the Woburn Methodist School.
Health Minister Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen told reporters at the weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing that the $4.5 million contract has awarded to a contractor and that remedial work will begin soon on the school.
According to Minister Modeste some work has to be undertaken at the Marian Community Centre to facilitate the students of Woburn for the new school year, which started at the beginning of the week.
She announced that Works Minister, Gregory Bowen who is the Parliamentary Representative for St George South-East, had given an undertaking to visit the temporary school location to assess what needs to be done to make the facility ready for school and to start the work in the shortest possible time.
“We are all aware that school is due to reopen soon. So I have not heard about any delays. Hopefully within the next week or so whatever work has to be done to allow our children to start school should be done, but if there is any delay it should not be lengthy, I have not heard of any,” Minister Modeste told the media.
The Woburn Methodist School was among several schools earmarked for construction work in the 2012 Budget under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of former Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas.
In his Budget presentation of the same year, former Finance Minister Nazim Burke disclosed that more than $28.5 million had been secured from the OPEC Fund for International Development to undertake work on the school in Woburn, as well as Presentation Brothers College, St Giles Anglican, St George’s Anglican Junior, St George’s Anglican Senior, St Mary’s RC, St Joseph’s Convent, St George’s, Mc Donald College, and T.A. Marryshow Community College.
Minister Modeste-Curwen also told reporters that a contract was awarded to someone for remedial work on the St Mary’s R.C. School at La Fillette, St Andrew.
She acknowledged that there have been numerous complaints about the rundown conditions of the school and admitted that the conditions at the facility are not suitable to house the school children.
She said that the contractor whose name was not given for the project has already done some preliminary work on the project site but that the substantive work is due to start soon.
Details were not given about the cost of the project.
Meanwhile, Government has announced that it was able to make a payment of $1,671,847. 71 owed in economic cost for the 2014 – 2015 academic year to the University of the West Indies (UWI) to facilitate Grenadian students attending the institution for the 2014 – 2015 academic year.