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Search for API home to continue in 2012 – says Minister Charles


The task of finding a suitable location to house the Agency for Public Information (API) is expected to continue this year.{{more}}

Minister Maxwell Charles, whose portfolio includes Information, during last week’s Budget debate said that he hoped that 2012 would be a better year and that the government was working on getting the API out of its present cramped quarters and to a better location.

He added that the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) also needed to have its own quarters.

Charles explained that there were some problems with the refurbishment work currently going on at the old NBC building and that construction work had stopped as a result.

The minister said that his ministry had instructed engineers to examine the structural integrity of the building, but Charles contended that there might be some legal implications and he was seeking the assistance of the Attorney General’s office in this regard.

“As soon as this is completed, we will begin in this regard so that API and NBC would be properly housed,” Charles said.

The issue comes up just as the current API headquarters at Halifax Street was broken into on two occasions last year, once in November and then a few weeks later on December 17 when a video camera valued at EC$20,000 was stolen. (DD)