POINT BLANCHE - The ground-breaking ceremony for the renovation to the entrance of the Point Blanche Prison took place on Monday, June 19th. The renovation is part of a series of reformations to take place at the facility, the Ministry of Justice reported in a press release on Tuesday.
“I wish I could stand here and say I wish we were building a school, but the reality is that we are renovating a prison. This is the first in a series of renovations to the facility. Today, we start with the entrance to the prison and that will be followed by the fence, and then some other renovations to the inside of the prison,” noted Minister in charge of Justice, the Honourable Rafael Boasman, who was at the time speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony Monday afternoon.
The Minister also acknowledged that these renovations have been on the books for quite some time, and that he is happy that those pending matters have become a reality.
The work is being carried out by the Leeward Island Construction Company (LICCOM), whom along with the interim directors at the prison Mr. Carty and Mr. Williams was commended by the Minister for the fantastic job that they have been doing.
The project is being coordinated by Khalil Revan and according to Minister Boasman, there is so much to be done and it was necessary to have someone who will specifically concentrate on some of the matters that have to be done. Mr. Revan is an engineer by profession.
“The workers will experience some inconvenience during the construction period. However, in the end, they too will benefit from the work that is being done here,” the Minister said.
On the issue of safety, the Justice Minister also said that Government has a responsibility together with the management team to ensure security which is also taken into consideration during the construction period. He remarked: “Safety, not only for the inmates, but also for the workers and visitors to the facility.”
The ground-breaking for the renovation to the entrance of the facility is the first step of the journey towards a new state of the art prison. “This not to encourage persons to be incarcerated but to demonstrate that government is playing its part in the upkeep of its prison, as is required by national and international laws and treaties,” Minister Boasman mentioned.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Left to right: Minister Rafael Boasman and Prison Director Wilfred Williams doing the symbolic “ground breaking.”
PHOTO CUTLINE: Left to right: Hans Hootsmans and Henk van den Heuvel from LICCOM, Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman, Prison Director Wilfred Williams, Prison Director Steven Carty and Project coordinator Khlail Revan.