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Job opportunities ahead | Ghut, roadside clearing to intensify — Rymer

File photo of a Tortola ghut being cleared following the August 2017 floods.

Residents of the British Virgin Islands will soon find additional employment opportunities as the government intensifies ghut and roadside clearance in anticipation of the peak of the hurricane season.

Works Minister Kye Rymer made the announcement during the recent sitting of the House of Assembly.

He said: “As you are aware, the hurricane season is upon us once again [and] the importance of preparing ourselves and the territory for the bad weather that is usually associated with this time of the year cannot be understated.”

Rymer said his ministry’s preparation for the hurricane season, also includes drainage cleaning and the chopping or trimming overgrown trees.

“This work has already been started and will intensify immediately upon the end of the festival celebrations. I am working very closely with the Minister of Finance to secure additional funding to complete this exercise,” he said.

The minister further said the cleanup would be done in all districts, territory-wide.

“[It] will provide an opportunity for citizens to obtain some temporary employment. Through these activities, the government and the Ministry of Transportation, Works and Utilities, hope to reduce the inconvenience and loss to our residents due to the impact of inclement weather, to make the territory safer and cleaner, and – coincidentally – create some job opportunities for our people,” said Rymer, who is also Deputy Premier.

He continued: “Of course, one can only prepare realistically for that which is foreseeable. Preparing for the foreseeable reduces the negative impact of these events and can help to minimize the impact of and recovery from events, the incidence of which cannot be predicted or forecasted. In other words, we cannot predict when the next disaster, God forbid, may strike. But we know for a certainty that over the next few months that rain can be expected.”

The hurricane season started on June 1 and will run through till November 30.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This should not be a seasonal operation where monies can be alloted for ad anothr opportunity for corruptive abuse and swindling.

    This should be a regular mandate for our public works establishment, most of whom do not put in an honest day’s work.

    Contingencies for keeping guts clear and prepared for floodings and hurricanes should be a year round affair.

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    • CW says:

      How you find a way to be negative about even THIS? Talking trash about the folks at public works and acting like you put in your work today SMH. Hypocritical STRUPE COMMENTS Designed to always bring people down

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      • @CW says:

        You are a jackass with a pea brain Are you not the pioneer of negativity on this site? Do wash your pea brain, you donkey hypocrit. Had one to much rum and voke today>.

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  2. Accra says:

    Please take a look at the road at the entrance of Havers Hill… the road is being eroded from heavy downpour of rain and not to forget it is the only road for the residents to enter that hill… please Mr. Minister go and have a look at the road please please

  3. No nonsense says:

    Mr.Premier use to complain that the NDP would not give him funds for his district. Well now that he is in power, the 1st district and roadways looks like shite!

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  4. District 7 says:

    Brady ghut in Fat Hogs Bay needs to be cleaned.

  5. bush wacker says:

    Are these jobs exclusive for BVI belongers only or will the contracts be advertised internationally

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  6. Me says:

    Could you please add to the list of work to do demolishing the new extension to Mulligans. It looks like the Waco compound and is ugly as heck.

  7. Question says:

    So what is Public works for again?

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  8. says:

    Stop fighting the six billionaires and the RDA. They should have completed projects for our infrastructure by now but no, we still have crumbling roads, town still looks terrible, government buildings are a mess, no school.

    Get out of the way, the government is holding the country to ransom here just to feel important. All the good will and funding that way there after the storms is at risk and we will be one of the only countries to have a disaster and not have the sense to take the opportunity to rebuild properly. The petty posturing and race-based rhetoric is murdering our future potential

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  9. BVIslander says:

    I hope these persons are being paid and treated well, this is a not a easy job.

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