Infrastructure, drainage and road rehabilitation took centre stage on Saturday as the executive of the Ministry of Works and Transport engaged in day one of a two-day strategic planning retreat under the theme, ‘Action-oriented leadership: A Roadmap to Sustainable Infrastructure.’
Speaking at a media conference during the retreat, Line Minister Rohan Sinanan assured that the issue of “racketing” allegedly taking place within the driving test department of the Licensing Division will also be addressed.
He revealed that amidst allegations of corruption in that area, where people are being paid to “pass their driving tests,” he has asked Transport Commissioner Clive Clarke to source vehicles specifically for driving tests, equipped with both cameras and recording devices.
“These vehicles should be equipped with a 360-degree camera system, and recording devices so that if you fail your test you can go back into the archives and see exactly where you failed. Any conversations that take place in the vehicle should be recorded and these are some of the measures to ensure transparency in the system.”
Sinanan noted further that the Transport Commissioner is also working proactively to solve the issues and would soon issue a tender for such vehicles.
He said additional staff has already been identified for the new arrangements.
Over the two days, the Ministry’s executive team is also expected to strategize the way forward for fiscal 2023.
Some key areas to be addressed include infrastructure, drainage, the maintenance and rehabilitation of roads, the protection of our coastlines, and transportation.
“These projects are in line with the Ministry’s overarching mandate to provide quality infrastructure to the citizenry,” the Minister said.
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