Roxborough gets administrative centre

Tobagonians living on the eastern side of the island will no longer have the burden to spend hours traveling to and from Scarborough to do businesses at government offices.

This was announced when the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) officially opened the Roxborough Administrative Complex on Thursday. 

Chief Administrator of the THA, Bernadette Solomon- Koroma said the facility was constructed at a cost of $33 million.

Work started in 2017.

She said services at the License Office, The Registrar of Births and Deaths, T&TEC and Social Welfare.

The Board of Inland Revenue, Postal Service and the Election and Boundaries Commission, among others, would be housed at the new facility.

Secretary of  Infrastructure Quarries and the Environment, Kwesi  Des Vignes said the building was done using a Tobago contractor and two local subcontractors from the area.

He said 75 persons from the area were employed and $5 million paid in wages to local labour.

Des Vignes said Tobago has the skills to undertake several projects especially for the development of east and north Tobago. 

Chief Secretary of the THA Kelvin Charles said the THA is committed to the creation of an urban centre in Roxborough he said the area would soon get a new fire station and police station being built at a  combined cost of $86 million.

He said the THA  would be turning the sod to start construction of a mini-hospital in the area that will be built at a cost of $60 million. 

Charles urged Tobagonians to start getting certified for the area of skills they possessed.

He called on parents and guardian to ensure the next generation of Tobagonians are educated and skilled in all areas that would drive the island's development forward.

- by Shastri Boodan

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