• 11 MAR 2024

Official Sod-Turning Ceremony for The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services Headquarters

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is set to save millions of dollars in rental payments on completion of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services’ Headquarters.
Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley officially turned the sod for the construction of the new building which will be situated at the corner of Tragarete Road and Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services is mandated with responsibility for addressing the social challenges of poverty, social inequality, and social exclusion. The 10-story building is proposed to house over 20 of the Ministry’s departments and accommodate 200 parking spaces.
In delivering the feature address, Dr Rowley said as the Government continues to develop the country’s infrastructure, there is an opportunity for thousands of jobs to be created. He said the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is working closely with UDeCOTT, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet to develop urban spaces across the country, especially in the capital city – Port of Spain.
Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Senator the Hon. Donna Cox noted in her remarks, “The consolidation of our new Ministry’s headquarters in a single location will not only save approximately $14.7 million annually in rental costs but also streamline operations, leading to improve efficiency in service delivery.”
Minister of Housing and Urban Development, the Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Port-of-Spain North/St Ann’s West, the Hon. Stuart Young and His Worship the Mayor of Port of Spain Alderman Chinua Alleyne also attended today’s sod-turning ceremony.