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Julius Espat: Road works coming, be patient as Ministry gets to work

Posted: Friday, January 8, 2021. 1:14 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: New Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing ( MIDH)  , Julius Espat, is asking Belizeans, especially those using the highways, to be a little more patient as Belize’s battered roads are repaired.

It is important as well, he added, to keep the roads clean of garbage and debris, which the Ministry itself is working on throughout the country – and for Belizeans to avoid contributing to that problem.

Although it may be bureaucratic, the contracts are ready, he said, the Government needs to follow the process starting with today’s Budget presentations to make the money available.

It is part of a lengthy to-do list for the amalgamated ministry which is a joining of Works and Housing.

On the housing side, there are a couple of hundred mortgages in various areas that were written off for which title has not been granted and this is being worked on. To supplement new housing projects, there will be guidelines created for the pursuit of low-income grants and loans for housing, and as early as March the projects will hopefully start rolling out.

Through a story device, Espat pointed out that “demoralized” workers’ spirits picked up when they were able to help recover key equipment lost to the former Ministry, and there are investigations into “ghost workers” at the Ministry of Housing.

And finally, as we have reported, the MIDH has approached the various oversight bodies and the Police Department to assist in cases against former Minister of Works Rene Montero and his former CEO, Errol Gentle, based on prior media investigations and the statements of employees against their former bosses.

We’ll have more on specifics from Espat’s briefing this week with the press later on.

 

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