Today Prime Minister Dean Barrow held a press conference in Belize City and expounded on a number of issues, among them infrastructure development across the country. This includes sporting facilities and road works. The Prime Minister said government will be embarking on a number of projects in Punta Gorda, San Ignacio, San Pedro, Belize City, Belmopan and Orange Walk. Some of these are projects that were announced months earlier but today, the Prime Minister committed his government’s work on one of the most controversial roads in Orange Walk Town and that is the San Antonio Road. According to the PM, the work should begin soon and this time will be completed.

 

Screen_Shot_2014-07-30_at_8.01.49_PMHonorable Dean Barrow –Prime Minister of Belize


“We’re now prepared and about to sign a contract, if it hasn’t been done already for the resurfacing of the very famous San Antonio road, that’s a mile and a half or there about and we are signing a contract for about 2 million dollars to do the San Antonio road.”


And as it concerns to this stretch of road, there has been much controversy surrounding its rehabilitation, among them the matter with Contractor Imer Hernandez and his inability to not complete works on the road even after having been paid. Prime Minister Barrow weighted in on that matter also at the conference.


Honorable Dean Barrow –Prime Minister of Belize


“I recollect that in the house there was some argument that the Town Council had paid Imer Hernandez some money to work on the San Antonio road and that the work was not done, I can’t as I said at the time, I can’t really comment on that, I don’t know that is so the suggestion is that this was a contract given by the UDP Town Council and that the current PUP Town Council was upset about it and as I said if you have the fact so Imer Hernandez  subsequent to that there was another problem with a suggestion that government had paid some money in terms of works to be done which weren’t done.”


Even so, said the PM, his work speaks for him and the government sees no problem in keeping him hired.


Honorable Dean Barrow –Prime Minister of Belize


“There are no complaints about performance where Imer Hernandez is concern so the controversies of the past will not stop us from giving this gentleman once he continue to perform contracts to do works for the Government of Belize.”

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