Antigua government turns its attention to reparing commuity road

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Throne Speech: Now, my Government, through the Ministry of Works, is turning its attention to the repair and resurfacing of community roads.

Over 400 miles of these roads exist.

The Minister of Works has justly focused attention on those communities where the cast-iron and PVC pipes, buried beneath the roads’ surface for decades, are now leaking and need to be replaced with the more resilient and flexible IDPU pipes.

Collaboration with the Ministry of Public Utilities is therefore a prerequisite to determining the communities to be prioritized.

My Government will set aside a considerable amount in the 2024 Estimates for the continued repair of roads and piping, in order to ensure that citizens and residents can have continuous access to potable water and smooth road surfaces on which to drive.

iii. My Government must also ensure that the buildings in which its employees work are safe and healthy. Mother Nature is very busy in tropical climates. Mold and other threats to human health can quickly spread to air conditioning systems as temperatures and damp conditions fluctuate.

The older the building, the more likely it is that nature’s tiny creatures will find spaces to proliferate.

Removing entire ceilings and the A/C ducts in which the harm is concealed, steaming or fumigating surfaces and other places where these creatures hide, require special expertise, protective wear, and protection for the lungs.

Several Government-owned buildings have been fully treated, and many more of the 57 properties which the employees of Government occupy will continue to require deep cleaning.

In several departments, staff have been allowed to reduce their workdays to four hours per day, inconveniencing the public that is dependent upon the service offered. My Government pledges to fix those shortcomings, but recognizes that the battle for cleanliness is unrelenting.

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