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Wednesday, December 9, 2009  Government has taken a decision to spend half a million dollars in an effort to improve the working conditions for staff and the living conditions of the wards at the Boys Training Centre (BTC).


Minister for Social Transformation Youth and Sports Honourable Lenard “Spider” Montoute, says a range of improvements will be undertaken at the Centre, to ensure that security is  maintained.


Minister Montoute says emphasis is also being placed on improving various recreational and vocational activities for the wards at the BTC.


“We had a serious problem with the plumbing which had implications for the toilets and the health of the wards so that is now being addressed, we are also doing some electrical work to ensure safety so the existing building is being enhanced to accommodate a greater variety of activities for the boys.”


However, minister Montoute explained that the project is merely designed to temporarily improve the conditions at the BTC, as government will begin constructing a new juvenile rehabilitation centre early next year. The new facility is estimated to cost $7M.


“You heard the prime minister make the announcement that in the new year, we are going to construct a new juvenile rehabilitation centre in the Dennery Valley on twenty five acres of land. The land will be utilised to facilitate agriculture, recreation and other vocational training for the wards. The project is being coordinated by the ministry of economic affairs and will cater to boys and girls,” Montoute said.


Minister Montoute says, various programme will be developed to assist with the rehabilitation of the wards to ensure that they can make a vital contribution to society once they have left the juvenile centre.

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