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NWC, NWA must collaborate on infrastructure development — Holness

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government has decided that the National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Water Commission (NWC) must collaborate during infrastructure development to ensure a seamless process.

Holness, who was speaking at the 27th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in St James on Monday, said when Government agencies work in isolation it results in unnecessary re-work.

“Sometimes governments operate in silence, so the(National) Water Commission could be doing its non-revenue water programme, and our road agency could be doing its own road development programme, but because they are operating in silo the two never speak.

“So you could have a situation where today a brand new road is laid, and then tomorrow there comes the NWC digging it up,” the prime minister said.

In light of this issue, he disclosed that the government has decided that both agencies have to collaborate to complete their major developments.

“We decided, recognising that our National Water Commission has to work in tandem with our road development agency (NWA) and their two major infrastructure plan going on now, [that] they both collaborate. In fact, they [must] work together; whatever the NWC digs up, the national works agency repairs."

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