Government has spent nearly $50,000 to rent an air-conditioning unit for the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town for two-and-a-half months.
Education and Culture Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley said, in the first instance, his ministry rented the unit from May 25 to July 25, which came at the cost of $40,000.
It was again rented for an additional two weeks to facilitate the Miss BVI Pageant. This second rental came at a cost of $9,500.
“Renting this A/C system was unavoidable because it would have been impossible to host the dozens of events that were hosted in the Multipurpose Complex, including the cheerleading competition for primary and secondary schools, the H Lavity Stoutt Community College graduation, the Althea Scatliffe Primary School and the Elmore Stoutt High School graduations, the Gen Y Factor, Summer Sizzle, the Prince and Princess Show, the VIBE release party, among other events. I would say this is value for money to the taxpayers,” Dr Wheatley said.
Wheatley was responding to questions from Opposition Leader Marlon Penn at the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly recently.
The facility’s personal airconditioning unit was damaged during the 2017 hurricanes.
“The single unit which was working prior to the passage of the hurricanes was brought back online to facilitate the First Sitting of the House after the most recent elections but failed to work two days after,” he remarked.
New AC system coming
Dr Wheatley further said a new air conditioning system is now being purchased for the facility.
“We have been advised by the original vendor that the system would be better replaced than repaired due to the extent of the damage. I have made a request for the replacement of the A/C in the upcoming budget,” he said.
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