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NIS-funded projects make headway

omnitowerAt a time when the Barbados Government is being scrutinised for the way in which it is using the National Insurance Scheme’s funds, the NIS is reporting significant progress on two capital projects it has financed to the tune of more than $110 million.

One of those projects, the new Caribbean Examinations Council’s headquarters at Pine Plantation, St. Michael, is expected to be completed by yearend at a cost of about $30 million.

Director of the NIS, Ian Carrington, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, that construction on the new complex, which began in late 2011, was on schedule.

CXC’s Assistant Registrar for Public Information and Customer Service, Cleveland Sam, said the new headquarters would be a welcomed culmination for its 40th anniversary this year.

Sam was especially delighted since about half dozen different departments of the council which are presently scattered across St. Michael, will be coming together. The main office is at Block “A”, the Garrison, Information Technology in another section of that area, several other departments in the Nemwill Insurance Building on Collymore Rock, yet another facility houses the archives, while meetings are held in a Brittons Hill location. Parts of Block “B”, the Garrison are used for storage.

The other NIS project, known as the Omni Towers, at Warrens, St. Michael was handed over to the Ministry of Housing and Lands, the landlord, about two weeks ago, said the contractors.

Carrington disclosed that this 10-storey building, which would house government departments, was erected at a cost of $80.6 million. He could not say exactly when the various offices would start moving in.

While the NIS director was unable to list all the government divisions which would make the Warrens complex their new home, he did identify the ministry of the environment for the top floor.

The senior public officer also reported that the Drainage Division and Coastal Zone Management Unit were scheduled to relocate there.

Asked about reports that the Prime Minister’s office would be housed in the facility, Carrington responded that he was not aware of that. (EJ)††††

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