Bamia Primary School to be completed by April


The new Bamia Primary School in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) should be completed by April 1, Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Sonia Parag said on Thursday.

The school, pegged at $346 million, should have been completed in July 2023. It was given a second project deadline, November 16. It has, however, been delayed with the contractors reportedly finding challenges in accessing building materials.

When questioned about the ministry’s $4.9 billion spending on education delivery in Region 10, Parag said the facility is about 65% complete and should be finished by April 1.

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Sonia Parag (seated at right) with her staff during the consideration of the budget estimates (Photo: DPI/ February 1, 2024)

Some $127 million has been allocated this year for the completion of the school. Asked if the school will be furnished and ready for use once construction is completed, Parag responded: “What has been allocated under this line item is sums to complete construction.”

The total $7.1 billion budget for Region 10 was approved without changes just before midnight. The allocations for each region were also approved without changes.

The graph below shows the total breakdown of funds allocated in Budget 2024 for Guyana’s 10 administrative regions:

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