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Concern over Project timeline for TCI House of Assembly refurbishment

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, May 19, 2023 – After nearly 6 years using a makeshift space, the Turks and Caicos will have a fit for purpose Parliamentary building within months according to updates from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development.

“The progress of that work and the schedule for completion is slated for January 2024,” said a PPID representative. He made the revelation during a May 4th sitting of the Appropriations Committee in response to queries from committee member Willin Belliard.

Though the upcoming completion is a welcome announcement, Belliard expressed concern with current progress and whether contractors would actually meet the deadline.

“This appropriations Committee took the opportunity last year to visit the NJS Francis Building and see the progress because we are very concerned— I would encourage your department to keep an eye on this one because the progress is not very encouraging.”

The representative of PPID said, while the concerns were duly noted the building would be on time.

“The delays that were incurred were due to the fact that there was a need for additional funding to cater for scope that was not included in the original contract,” he explained. Those unforeseen expenses included additions to the building like air conditioning and a fire suppressant system. Supplementary budgets had to be drawn up and then approved which took some time.

The House of Assembly is convened currently at the HJ Robinson High School in Grand Turk as the country is still without a designated Parliamentary building following a breakdown in infrastructure and neglected repairs at the NJS Francis Building that eventually led to its closure.

Back in 2016, repairs were scheduled for the building but were not completed and by 2018, the then Ministry of Infrastructure Housing and Planning, had to announce that the building had structural issues and moved to block some areas from public use because they were unsafe. The House of Assembly was relocated to HJ Robinson and has been there since then. Belliard maintained that it was time for the HOA to move back into its permanent home.

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Bahamas Government and Grand Bahamas Port Authority in squabble over millions allegedly owed

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Rashaed Esson

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#TheBahamas#DavisAdministration#PortAuthority, April 9, 2024– The Bahamas Government according to reports, says the Grand Bahama Port Authority owes 357 million dollars in back payments over the last five fiscal years, 2018 to 2022, and in a letter sent to the Port Authority last week by the Davis Administration, the government is giving them 30 days to pay up. However, the Port Authority clapped back in a statement, denying the government’s claim saying that they do not owe the sum of 357 million dollars

 

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Moesha Morris appointed as Senior Procurement Officer

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 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, 28 March 2024 – The Office of the Deputy Governor proudly announces the appointment of Ms. Moesha Morris to the post of Senior Procurement Officer in the Contracts and Corporate Performance Management Department within the Office of the Deputy Governor.

Ms. Morris’ journey within the civil service commenced in 2016 when she joined the Human Resource Management Directorate as a Clerical Assistant, marking the beginning of her dedicated service to the nation. Demonstrating a keen intellect and a strong work ethic, she quickly made her mark, earning accolades for her contributions to the department’s operations.

Building upon her foundational experiences, Ms. Morris pursued higher education, completing an Associate’s Degree in General Studies (Humanities) at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College. Driven by a thirst for knowledge and a passion for understanding human behavior, she embarked on a journey to the United Kingdom to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University.

Upon the successful completion of her studies, Ms. Morris returned to the civil service in 2021, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and a renewed sense of purpose. With determination and dedication, she navigated through various roles, showcasing her versatility and commitment to professional development. From Administrative Officer to Scholarship Officer, and then to Procurement Officer, she steadily ascended the ranks, earning recognition for her exemplary performance and leadership qualities.

Ms. Morris is distinguished as a self-motivated, results-driven individual with a resolute work ethic and an unyielding pursuit of excellence in every endeavor. Her relentless commitment to continuous improvement is exemplified by her ongoing pursuit of professional certifications with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. These endeavors underscore her dedication to enhancing her expertise in procurement and project management, positioning her to provide invaluable counsel on procurement matters across government entities and public bodies.

Reflecting on her appointment, Ms. Morris expressed her gratitude and enthusiasm for the opportunity to serve in her new capacity:

“I am thrilled and deeply honored to step into my new role as Senior Procurement Officer within the Contracts and Corporate Performance Management Department. This promotion is a testament to my belief that hard work and dedication truly prevail in the professional world. I am humbled by the recognition of my efforts and grateful for the opportunity to further contribute to our department’s success. Achieving this promotion within just 12 months is truly remarkable, and it reinforces my commitment to excellence in every aspect of my work. I will remain committed to driving impactful outcomes and upholding the standards of the Public Service.”

Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Ms. Morris stated:

It is with great pleasure that I extend my congratulations to Ms. Moesha Morris on her appointment as Senior Procurement Officer in the Contracts and Corporate Performance Management Department within the Office of the Deputy Governor.

Ms. Morris’ exemplary track record of academic achievement, professional competence, and dedication to public service make her an outstanding choice for this important role. Her passion for procurement excellence and her commitment to continuous improvement will undoubtedly contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement processes within government entities.

In her new capacity, Ms. Morris will play a vital role in driving forward the government’s public sector investment programme, ensuring transparency, accountability, and value for money in the procurement of goods and services.

We wish Ms. Morris well as she continues to serve, and my office stand ready to assist in whichever we can to aide her further development.

Congratulations on your well-deserved appointment, Moesha!”

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Davis Gardiner Jr. appointed as Executive Administrator

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, 28 March 2024 – The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Davis Gardiner Jr. to the post of Executive Administrator within the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services.

Mr. Gardiner’s journey towards professional excellence began with his secondary education at Raymond Gardiner High School, where he demonstrated a commitment to academic achievement and personal growth. Building upon this foundation, he is currently enrolled at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, pursuing his Associate’s Degree in preparation for further studies in Business Management. His dedication to continuous learning and professional development underscores his ambition and determination to excel in his chosen field.

Mr. Gardiner’s appointment as Executive Administrator within the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services marks a significant milestone in his career trajectory. Tasked with providing executive administrative support and strategic guidance, he is poised to make valuable contributions to the efficient operation of the ministry and the realization of its objectives.

Driven by a passion for organizational excellence and a desire to make a positive impact, Mr. Gardiner is committed to leveraging his education and skills to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative processes within the ministry. His dedication to professional growth and his willingness to embrace new challenges position him as a valuable asset to the leadership team.

Reflecting on his appointment, Mr. Gardiner Jr. expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm for the opportunity to serve in his new capacity:

“I am eternally grateful to be given this opportunity to serve as the newly appointed Executive Administrator for the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services. I am elated to serve my country and be a part of the change, a change for good that is. I am forever thankful to the almighty for the great blessings he has placed upon my life to be where I am today.

I am grateful for my family and friends who pushed me to never give up and always prove the negativity wrong.

I believe that I will do well in this position by the grace of God.”

Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Mr. Gardiner stated:

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Mr. Davis Gardiner Jr. on his appointment as Executive Administrator within the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services.

Mr. Gardiner began his career with the Turks and Caicos Islands Government as the Administrative Officer with the Immigration Population Policy Council (IPPC). During his tenure, he showed an incredible work ethic that was eventually noticed by executives in TCIG.

We are happy to have him officially join the public service and wish him well in his new post.

Congratulations on your appointment, Mr. Gardiner!”

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