The 2013 Dangriga Market Controversy placed a black eye on the once good name of The Social Investment Fund known as SIF and as such, the organization was compelled to let go its former Executive Director among others.
Earlier this year, the organization announced its new executive director and public relations officer and with a new staff on hand, according to Selwyn King, SIF is turning a new page in terms of the Dangriga Town Market.
“We have turned the page moving forward. I was there on Saturday last. I was witnessing the cementing of the roof of the market; we are making great achievements. Remember we turned the site over to the contractor which is I belive in April 2nd, whereby within a 6 moths -period, it will be made available for the people of Dangriga, and by extension, for the people of Belize”.
But even though Dangriga Town market is moving forward with a new contractor, Mayor Gilbert Swazo told us today that the old scars have not been forgotten as it has greatly affected Phase II of their development plan.
“Because of the termination of the Phase I Project and the value of the work that was done, and then, the re-evaluation of the design to complete the market, it was estimated that there is a shortfall of $400,000. So, that money had to be allocated from our Phase II Project. So, Dangriga is not certainly not peased with that but they are saying that the allocation is $1.5m and whatever is that value, that will be the amount of road paved out of the remaining balance after subtracting that $400,000 out of the $1.5m. Certainly it is a loss that is not welcome as a result of their termination of the project, which was, again, I mention, no fault of the people of Dangriga town council”.