The end of August kept government workers busy as they bid farewell to their former offices and exchanged them for the newer, more modern facilities located at the Abaco Government Complex. Offices like the National Insurance Board (NIB) have been at their previous location for close to 4 years.
According to Craig Nicholls, property manager for NIB in the northern region, there are twenty government agencies that will be housed at the complex.
They include the offices of the Auditor General; Local Government Council; Magistrate Courts 1 & 2; Business License and Real Property Tax; National Insurance Board (N.I.B.); Bahamas Post Office; Bahamas Passport Office; Administrator’s Office; Dept. of Agriculture; Dept. of Marine Resources; Labour Department; Ministry of Tourism; Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Dept. of Education; Dept. of Housing; Bahamas Mortgage Corporation; Dept. of Social Services; Dept. of Environmental Health; and the Road Traffic Department.
As of August 21, five or six of those agencies had relocated with more tenants moving in daily. Mr. Nicholls said that, regarding the government complex, everything had been completed. All that was left are the installation and assignment of phone numbers and extensions along with provisions for Internet service. Signage will also be placed at each department to assist the public as well as a map of the complex that will be situated at the front of the complex.
Security officers were also on hand from Candid Security, which is owned by President and CEO Cleveland Duncombe. The Freeport-based company will provide 24-hour security service at the Abaco Government Complex. Currently, the Magistrate Court is addressing how policing will be carried out in reference to the courts.
Meanwhile, Don Wilmott, general superintendent of Woslee Construction, said he is glad to see that the 66,000 sq. ft. government complex is 100 percent completed, and that people were able to move into their various departments.
Once everyone is settled in, Mr. Nicholls said that the Min. of Labour and National Insurance – the Hon. Shane Gibson – will determine when the grand opening ceremony will be held.