Government sites sought

Cabint has given its OK to find new Government accommodations.

The Minister of Planning, Communications, District Administration and Information Technology, Julianna O’Connor-Connolly said Cabinet has instructed the Government Office Accommodation Project Team to seek responses from firms willing and able to offer proposals on the provision of new accommodation.

A notice will soon be placed in a newspaper seeking submissions and the deadline will be 15 February, states a GIS press release.

Ms O’Connor-Connolly has indicated that once the Legislative Assembly resumes in February, she will be making a fuller statement on the status of the new Government Office Accommodation Project.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, with the loss of the Tower Building and other government offices, Cabinet immediately took steps to speed up the process of securing its own purpose-built office accommodation.

On 19 October 2004 Ms O’Connor-Connolly, sought Cabinet’s approval to have dedicated government office accommodation constructed and occupied by 2006.

In June 2004, Cabinet appointed a working Committee called the Government Office Accommodation Project to investigate proposals from the private sector for the provision of government-owned office accommodation for staff housed in the Tower and Government Administration buildings, as well as other departments in private sector accommodations. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning, Kearney Gomez whose ministry is responsible for government buildings and office accommodations, chairs the team. Other members include Ms O’Connor-Connolly; Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush; Deputy Leader of Government Business Gilbert McLean; Financial Secretary, Chief Secretary and Civil Service Head, Director of Lands and Survey and Chief Engineer of Public Works among others.

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