Private contractors employed to speed up housing projects

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Government has decided to employ a number of private local contractors to build houses from scratch, to speed up its National Housing Project, which is lagging well behind the purported “500 homes in 500 days”.
On Monday, close to 200 workers were sent home from the Paynters jobsite, due to lack of building materials on hand to provide work at the site.
The management became aware of the absence of materials last weekend, and the workers were informed when they showed up for work on Monday.
According to chief of staff in the Office of the Prime Minister, Lionel “Max” Hurst, the private contractors are not intended to take over where the workers who were sent home are working.
“In several places, we want to move forward quickly and where we find there can be greater efficiencies we’ll employ the method. And we speak of local contractors who have made their bids and who can fulfill their obligation,” Hurst said.
He noted that the situation was unfortunate and the employees are expected to return to work when the materials are available.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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