Minister of Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore, has stressed the government’s efforts to impress upon contractors undertaking projects in Dominica the need to hire members of the community as workers on these sites.
The Minister spoke of this while leading members of the media on a site tour of the Pointe Michel Sea Defense Wall Project on Friday morning, contractors of which are C.O Williams Construction Ltd.
He stated, “We have always tried to impress on the contractors the need to employ people from the community. That is not only important to add some value to the local economy, but also it helps the people in the area to develop a sense of attachment to the project, some form of ownership, which is so critical. We cannot force the contractors to employ people but when I met with them Friday morning, they gave me the assurance that there are a number of people working there, from the community.”
Speaking of that particular project, the Minister pointed out that ACE Engineering, a local firm, had been subcontracted to handle part of the project, in addition to the locals that were currently employed by the contractors.
Blackmoore anticipates the number of residents from the area working on the project to increase in the coming months as the nature of work associated with the project becomes less technical.
“As we move from the actual tying of steel, which requires more technical skills, and we move into the road work, we expect to see a much improved labor force from the Soufriere, Pointe Michel and Scotts Head catchment area,” Blackmoore stressed.
The $32-million project is expected to be completed by March 2012.