New Administrative Complex to Bring Jobs for Grand Bahama Residents

The construction of the new Administrative Complex in Eight Mile Rock will create employment and economic activity for West Grand Bahama, said Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, during the Ground Breaking Ceremony on Thursday, December 22, 2016.

Located at the site of the old Friendship Shopping Centre in Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock, the complex will be built through a public-private partnership between the government and Triple P Investments Ltd., a Bahamian company with over 30 years of experience in the construction industry.

Among those present for the occasion were Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie who also was the keynote speaker; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis; Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Minister of Transport and Aviation, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin; and Minister of Labour, the Hon. D. Shane Gibson.

Minister Darville said that with Eight Mile Rock being the largest settlement in The Bahamas, it is important that there is an Administrative Complex to meet the needs, with the essential services.

“Ladies and gentlemen, over the last four-and-a-half years, my Ministry, in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and Urban Development, has advanced a progressive infrastructural agenda on the island of Grand Bahama. The ongoing construction of the Fire Station, the Smith’s Point Sea Wall, the junior high school in West Grand Bahama, as well as the renovations of all healthcare facilities on Grand Bahama, the Farmer’s Market, the Freeport Post Office and, yes, the Fishing Hole Road, are testament to the fact that this administration is committed to the economic development, social advancement and improvement of the quality of life for all Grand Bahamians.”

The Minister continued, “As I close, I also take this opportunity to assure residents that the government is moving rapidly to rebuild and restore the island of Grand Bahama, revive our local economy, and bring a sense of normalcy back to our beautiful island in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.”

It is public-private partnerships such as the one of the Ministry of Finance and Triple P that allow its president, Samson Hield, to return to his community and be a part “of the local economy footprint.”

Minister Darville thanked Minister Davis, Minister Wilchcombe and all those who played a role in making the project possible.

It is expected that the complex will be completed in 2017.

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