The maintenance of government buildings has been an issue that has plagued successive administrations, admitted the Minister of Public Works, Desmond Bannister, yesterday (Thursday, April 12).
Bannister and a delegation from New Providence traveled to Grand Bahama for a special two-day tour (Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13) of government operated facilities.
The minister’s first stop of the morning tour session was the Ministry of Public Works’ office in the National Insurance Building.
He noted that the ministry’s Freeport office has a mixture of employees of various ages, who are eager to work.
However, he said that the office is not in the best location, because it is on the second floor of the building and there is a leakage problem.
Bannister revealed that he visited every Family Island in the country to have an idea of the state of various infrastructural conditions.
“I see a lot of it on paper when it comes across my desk, but I wanted to be able to see it for myself,” he said.
He added that some infrastructural issues can often be overlooked.
“We saw something very similar to that on a number of islands that I’ve been to. I want to particularly look at Grand Bahama,” the minister stated.
He added that the ministry is looking into phasing in a plan to implement sea walls throughout the island.
Bannister furthered that along with other public buildings, he wanted to look at some of Grand Bahama’s schools, specifically Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School.
“We never really completed that school, so we’re going to need another bathroom down there,” he said.
The second stop during this session of the