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NEW AMSTERDAM, BERBICE – Chairman of the Government Pensioners’ Association Berbice Branch,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, Clement Johnson, has condemned the recent theft at the pensioners’ building.He said a series of suspicious acts led members to believe that it is not an ordinary burglary but one that was planned even during construction.The windows from which the panes were stolen.The building is not complete but the initial arrangement between the Region Six Administration and the Pensioners’ Association was for the members to use the facility as work progressed and it would remain in the custody of the Region Six Administration.According to Mr. Johnson,Wholesale NFL Jerseys 2018, on January 8,NBA Jerseys China, the Region Six engineer informed him that the plumbing, electrical fittings and the sanitary facilities would be installed. He added that on January 19,Adidas Hockey Jerseys Cheap, the very engineer advised the members of the Pensioners’ Association to take over the incomplete building, with a promise to continue work later this year.The pensioners took over the structure on January 20.“On January 26th, when we entered the building we found it broken into. The back door was ajar, one WC Suite, ten louvre frames and 105 four-inch louvre blades were stolen.” As if that was not enough, the senior citizens made discoveries they called startling, “On further checking we found defects on the building. The contractor used one and a half inch wire nails to secure the louvre frames instead of screws. The toilet bowl was not properly embedded in concrete,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, the mixture was poor and one only had to shake it for the toilet bowl to come out. Both doors were not properly secured at construction, only one tower bolt was used at the top of each door instead of the two normally used.”The matter was reported to both the Regional Administration and the police and is being investigated. Over the weekend, a source from the Guyana Police Force promised to look into the case.Mr. Johnson opined that there is an orchestrated attempt by forces unknown to frustrate the efforts of the pensioners, “We would not give up. We would fight to the end to be of some value to our community no matter what hurdles we are faced with. We are all pensioners, we have served faithfully. We would not allow those who think we do not deserve this building and that government’s money could have been invested on other things to win.”After no help was forthcoming, on Friday, the members of the pensioners association made a decision to secure the building using whatever funds they had at their disposal, “We hired two carpenters and they are removing all the remaining louvre panes and replacing them with reinforced concrete vent blocks. This is what the contractor should have done in the first instance because of the area in which the building is situated.”Carpenters replacing the missing panes.The structure is located just east of the New Amsterdam Post Office and was a deed of gift handed over in 1999 by the New Amsterdam Town Council.Mr. Johnson explained that Government gave $5M in 2005 to the local administration for the construction of the building. In 2006,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, the Region Six Democratic Council advertised a tender for its Capital Works Programme which included the construction of the structure for the pensioners’ association. The tender was awarded during the latter part of 2006 and construction began in January of the following year.However, only the base of the building was erected, work ceased and the pensioners were told the funds were not adequate. They requested financial statements the said year on how the funds were expended but never got any to date nor an explanation, “They told us the money finished. I worked with the Ministry of Works for 30 years and I was involved in construction work and so on. With the knowledge I have…No way that foundation could have cost $5 million. We queried that and we got nowhere. Still no one told us how this $5 million was spent but the Administration started back to work on the site in November last year.”The Government Pensioners’ Association Berbice Branch comprises 100 members. At present the group uses the New Amsterdam Lion’s Club Den at Vryman’s Erven.
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