Sunday 9 December, 2018

NWA now into the truck repair business

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) and Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie (second left) cut a ribbon to introduce one of the new compactor garbage trucks that were added to the NSWMA's fleet last October. NSWMA chairman, Dennis Chung (right), and Executive Director Audley Gorden look on. (file photo)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) and Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie (second left) cut a ribbon to introduce one of the new compactor garbage trucks that were added to the NSWMA's fleet last October. NSWMA chairman, Dennis Chung (right), and Executive Director Audley Gorden look on. (file photo)

The National Works Agency (NWA) is expanding its range of services, it seems, for the New Year.

In an eye-catching move, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has advised that the fellow state agency, known almost exclusively for road and infrastructure repairs, rehabilitation and construction, will be engaged to assist the waste management agency to have its garbage trucks repaired.

This is after an allocation of $120 million to the NSWMA to repair the trucks.

In a radio interview, NSWMA Executive Director, Audley Gordon, indicated that the agency will be teaming up with the NWA to repair some 30 garbage trucks.

The NWA, with technical personnel across the island, is to assist with the physical inspection of the vehicles, which are spread out across the country, and provide estimates for the repairs.

"We have to look at how best we can stretch the funds, so the ones that are in need of real, major repairs, we might not be able to do all of them, but those with minor repairs, we're gonna be definitely doing," Gordon indicated.

"We really want to get this done quickly, but we have to observe all the procurement guidelines," he stressed.

The trucks, when repaired, are to be used to provide waste management services across the island.

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