He told reporters on Monday at a PPP press conference that the vacancies were filled by persons who responded to advertisements in the newspapers.
“A panel was set up and they have selected what I would consider to be highly qualified (people); in fact I was very mush surprised to see that Guyana still has so many of these people in the country to work in forensic laboratories,” Rohee said.
“We have selected the best that have applied and now it is only a question to finish up all the technical work, physical work and have them ensconced at the forensic lab.”
The contractors were expected to finish work on the building on June 17, but the minister said they had requested an additional week to do so.
Rohee added that the equipment for the laboratory has arrived in the country and are safely stored pending the removal of the contractor and his labourers from the site. The government in December signed a US$1.7M contract with Western Scientific Company out of Trinidad for the supply of the equipment.
Completion of the laboratory had initially been set for May. The building is located at the Dennis Street, Sophia end of the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen campus.