New contractor’s board in the works

New contractor’s board in the works
Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama, Iram Lewis.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works Iram Lewis said Wednesday that the institution of a Construction Contractors’ Board will change the licensure process and will offer opportunities for young people interested in careers in the professional, technical and allied fields.

Speaking at the Bahamian Contractor’s Association (BCA) last week, Lewis said, work in construction management, quantity surveying, architecture, engineering, journeyman plumbing, drafting and air condition technology are some of the professions the Ministry of Works will make available for summer students.

“We intend to afford the students in our summer program a holistic, career oriented experience; that is focused on empowering them for life,” he said.

“We at the Ministry of Works plan on contributing to that success in a very meaningful way through training and mentoring our young people.”

Lewis detailed the government’s plans for its 2018/19 infrastructural development stating that his ministry has budgeted for engineering studies to address the structural concerns of the Glass Window Bridge.

“Let me state unequivocally that the government is committed to significant infrastructural works during the next fiscal period,” he said.

“We have plans to build bridges. We have also budgeted for road works, causeways and major thoroughfares.”

According to Lewis, both Long Island and North Eleuthera, will also receive long overdue air traffic facilities.

“In the ensuing budget year, we have budgeted for phased seawall construction and repairs in vulnerable low lying areas of Grand Bahama such as West End, Hunters and Hepburn’s Town,” he added.

“We will also coordinate our budgetary efforts with the Ministry of Education to begin the process of building much needed schools.”

Lewis said the ministry plans to renovate, refurbish and repair educational institutions in New Providence including, the construction of a new school in southwest New Providence.

He said it is hoped that various aspects of that school’s construction will incorporate emerging technologies regarding green solutions and renewable energies. Realizing the extensive acumen that will be required for the new school, Lewis encouraged the BCA members to step up to the plate.

“It is in this vein, that I admonish you to endeavor to remain current in advances in the field and to remain aware of best practices in your industry,” he said.