Officers from the departments and agency under the Ministry of Labour will be stationed at the new office, which was commissioned early this morning by Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton.
Going forward residents of Kwakwani do not have to travel to Georgetown when seeking to resolve any issues regarding Labour, Occupational Safety and Health, Cooperative Societies, Recruitment, and the delivery of Vocational and Technical Skills through the Board of Industrial Training (BIT).
CEO of BIT, Mr. Richard Maughn, Senior Technical Officer with responsibility for Region Ten, Mr. Leon Greaves, among other officials attended the opening ceremony which represented a commitment fulfilled by the labour minister.
Just a few months after taking office, Minister Hamilton accompanied Prime Minister, Hon. Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips on the first Cabinet Outreach as Minister of Labour in January 2020, held at Kwakwani Workers Club.
During the outreach the minister saw the need for a Ministry of Labour office in region ten. At that time, the minister added to his agenda, labour related development for the mining region, especially Kwakwani, since the residents needed direction relating to Occupational Safety and Health laws and becoming recipients of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes through the bit, among other services.
After two years, Kwakwani residents are receiving services from the Coop’s and the Board of Industrial Training officers, plans are also in the pipeline to select and train residents of kwakwani to become OSH, Labour and Central Recruitment and Manpower Officers.
Thus far, several TVET programmes were delivered to the residents, through the bit to train and re-train them to positively contribute to the mining and logging job sectors, rather than to bring in persons to work from other regions.
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