Some employees at the Government Administration Complex on Virgin Gorda reportedly have been forced to abandon their once sound office spaces and seek refuge on the outside because of a mold infestation at the facility.
BVI News sources said while some persons continue to work indoors, others who are ‘sensitive to any kind of mold’ are using the lobby and outside areas of the building to perform their duties.
The building houses several government departments such as Immigration, Water and Sewerage, Inland Revenue, Social Security, and the Post Office.
The said building sustained considerable damage during last year’s hurricanes and has a large section of its roof missing.
Waiting for Funds
Sister Islands Programme Coordinator, Vincent Wheatley, who spoke to our newsroom on Monday confirmed the unfavourable working conditions government employees were enduring at the Administration Complex.
He said repair works at the facility will begin soon and will be partly funded by the $65 million government is borrowing from the Caribbean Development Bank for hurricane recovery.
He said he did not know how much of the $65 million would be allocated for the repair project because project estimates are yet to be completed.
Wheatley went on to describe repair works that will be done on the facility as a major project.
“It’s not going to happen overnight,” Wheatley told BVI News.
However, the Sister Islands Coordinator said designs for the roof are currently being drawn.
“We are now waiting on some monies to refurbish,” he noted.
Just recently, Acting Chief Immigration Officer Geraldine Ritter-Freeman called on the government to intervene in the mould issue plaguing public servants on Tortola.
She said the problem was so bad that an increasing number of public servants were not showing up for work.
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