Christie Government injects $1.3 Million to eight Androsian contractors
Davis takes care of Andros by the stroke of the pen!
North Andros, Bahamas – The government has awarded contracts totalling $1.3 million to eight Androsian contractors. The contracts were signed during a groundbreaking ceremony held on Monday, November 11 in North Andros.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, Philip Davis said the contracts are for the building of teachers’ quarters on the site of the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Research Institute.
“This is unquestionably a great day for Andros. It is a great day for our future successes in our food production potential,” said Mr. Davis. “You would have heard of the cooperative efforts between the world of academia, the professionals in the agricultural and marine sciences and the various agencies of the government charged with the implementation of the government’s progressive policies for the development of our national potential in Agriculture and our Marine Resources.”
Mr. Davis said the island of Andros has a “great deal” of land available for future growth and development; however, one of the greatest challenges has been the migration of Androsians to New Providence in the search for work. He said that it is the “government’s hope”that this investment would encourage the movement of people back to Andros.
“I speak especially to Androsians, who I know have longed for the realistic potential for them to make the move back home,” said Mr. Davis. “Another consideration is that in a very real sense we are a water nation. Fully 95 percent of our territory is the sea and more than 20 percent of our 5,000 square miles of land is classified as ‘wetlands,’ with Andros leading the way in this as well as being the largest island, by far, within our archipelago.”
Mr. David said the government would be awarding another 12 contracts in the very near future to continue with the works being carried out for the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Research Institute.