By Carlena Knight
Workers at the Ministry of Sports’ new office are being asked to have a bit more patience as government tries to provide the necessary amenities at the building.
Information Minister Melford Nicholas made the comments following reports from the Director of Sports herself Mrs Heather Samuel Daley who last week revealed that having moved into the former CWI building six months now, there are still a number of key utilities absent.
Nicholas says that the matter is being addressed by the Public Works Department, but asked for a bit more understanding as there is a long list of government structures that Public Works has to deal with.
“I think everyone wants to be attended to at the get go, but I am sure that with a little bit more application of patience, that the Public Works will be in a position to give them all that they deserve.
“I am not necessarily making an excuse, but what I am saying is that there is a cuing system and there’s just a limit to what we can accomplish in one swoop so, I am just appealing to the members of the Ministry of Sports to have consideration for the fact that there may be other departments that are in the cue and have been waiting for a little while, and I am positive that the Ministry of Public Works will respond in time,” Nicholas said.
The department is still awaiting the connection of phone lines and internet, tools critical for the effective functioning of the office.
Daley revealed also that several attempts to have the process expedited though the relevant departments have not yielded results, but hopes the issues are rectified in short order.
The sports director said Minister of Sports Daryll Matthew has been briefed on the situation.
Reports are that for some time following the move, staff have been working shortened hours from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm daily since the sports department was relocated from the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.