The Management of NH International (Caribbean) Ltd (NH) wishes to clarify several erroneous and misleading statements made by a disgruntled sub-contractor in an interview with the media last week. The comments were made despite the contractor being paid a sum of $ 56,760.00 on that day.
NH has worked in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean for over twenty five years and has always adopted an approach of maximization of local staff and materials in our projects. We have employed over those years several young Saint Lucian engineers, quantity surveyors, construction managers, supervisors, and tradesmen who have joined our team and have also moved on and worked with us on several projects in Trinidad and the wider Caribbean.
On the Royalton project, which is the single largest investment in tourism ever in Saint Lucia, NH has at present over 436 Saint Lucians working directly on the project. We will be pouring over 25,000 cu.m of concrete, which has created many jobs for truckers, drivers, plant operators, quarry workers with the concrete supplier. We purchase all reinforcement steel for the project locally, we purchase from the local hardware stores. We have engaged many pieces of equipment on site which has also contributed to the creation of employment. All these activities have resulted in more than 700 St Lucians being gainfully employed through NH.
The Developer has a very tight schedule to open the Hotel and thus for a project of this size, there will be need to bring in a very limited amount of specialist workers. They have been drawn from member states of the OECS where there is free movement and also from other CARICOM neighbours. All are paid at the same rate as the St Lucian workers.
NH is most pleased to be part of this very important tourism investment in Saint Lucia which when combined with the other construction activities on site being executed by others has generated jobs for over 1200 St Lucians. On completion, this Royalton will generate approximately 1000 new permanent jobs directly and indirectly when opened at the end of this year.