Government is looking to address with urgency, structural issues at the Public Works Corporation (PWC) which will assist in making the corporation function more efficiently.
In recent times, there have been concerns about what could be regarded as waste by the PWC of Government’s resources.
Public works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore told members of the media this week, that efforts are underway to ensure greater accountability by the PWC.
“I am aware that a business plan has been completed and submitted, where we are looking at all the weaknesses and the strengths to see how we can correct the weaknesses in moving forward. I believe that it is in the interest of the country to ensure that we have a Public Works Corporation that is effective and we have to work together to ensure that this is done,” he said.
“I have been advised that in terms of the outstanding payments, that has been met. If we do not look at the structural issues at the Public Works that issue will be reoccurring,” Blackmoore continued.
The Public Works minister said that all the debt of the PWC is guaranteed by the state and with this in mind, it is in the interest of the state and the country to ensure that it functions efficiently.
“Our efforts are directed at ensuring that there is accountability and ensuring that when any company is paid to patch a road, it is patched properly,” noted Minister Blackmoore. “A contract should not be partially executed and expected to be paid in full.”
The Minister is hoping that staff at the PWC will adopt a more professional approach to their work.
“We are looking at a situation whereby persons can get the sense that when they go out to work, they have the mindset of a contractor,” Blackmoore noted. “Within that mindset, they have to go out and do the work to the highest degree of efficiency and speed.”
The Minister suggested that the issue of output is very important.
“It’s something that has to be paid by the public, so the public has to get value for money. We have to ensure that we put systems in place to ensure that when a contract is entered into between the state and any contractor that the state gets value for money,” emphasized Minister Blackmoore.
The PWC is directed by a board which was recently appointed by the Minister.
Recently, former manager of the Waitukubuli National Trail Project, Eddie Henry, was appointed to run the affairs of the PWC on a two- year contractual basis in the first instance.
The PWC currently has 113 members of staff.