NIDCO goes ahead with ferry lease

The Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Com­pa­ny (NID­CO) has no is­sue in sign­ing a one-year lease for the Jean de la Valette with Vir­tu Fer­ries, whose man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Fran­cis Portel­li, of par­ent com­pa­ny Vit­ru Hold­ings, has been in­volved in a huge oil scan­dal in Mal­ta and has al­le­ga­tions of mon­ey laun­der­ing and bribery still hang­ing over his head.

NIDCO boss - Curepe Interchange by November

The Curepe In­ter­change is ex­pect­ed to be com­plet­ed by No­vem­ber of this year.

This was an­nounced by NID­CO chair­man Hu­bert George dur­ing the sod turn­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the in­ter­change on Wednes­day morn­ing.

The in­ter­change is ex­pect­ed to cost $221 mil­lion, a fig­ure that both Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley and Min­is­ter of Works and Trans­port Ro­han Sinanan said was sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­er than the $513 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion grant­ed to the project un­der the pre­vi­ous Peo­ple's Part­ner­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion.

OAS workers picket Works Ministry for outstanding money

Workers attached to Brazilian construction firm OAS Construtora are again pleading for monies which they say are owed to them.

The workers and sub-contractors picketed the Ministry of Works this morning calling on the government to intervene. 

They say workers are being lied to regarding their outstanding wages. Safety officer, Jameel Thomas says they are being bounced back and forth between NIDCO and OAS.