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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