Jobs And Training Help Local Citizens
Many projects are going up in and around cities and villages in Iraq, but none is as encouraging as the rebuilding and construction of Courthouses and areas devoted to the law.
A new witness protection facility and Courthouse complex is being constructed with the help and guidance of Army Engineers on the scene. At first, construction projects such as this were done almost entirely by Army personnel. Now, increasingly construction is done with some guidance, at times an entire project from planning to final construction is done with Iraqi planners and contractors only.
An average of Three hundred fifty workers from the local Iraqi city of Basrah are working diligently to complete the courthouse project, and this involvement has led to a spark in the local economy.
“When we finish the project the installation will provide the Iraqi people of Bashrah with a wonderful, new and modern facility” said Leo Sandoval, Chief Resident Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
USACE has worked to train management and construction staff, from the first digging to and including huge multi-million dollar projects.
The new courthouse will be a two-story building, and the project is eighty five percent complete at this time” stated Sandoval. Total cost involved in the justice related project is about fifteen million dollars
This project is part of resuming a working and effective system of legal law for the Iraqi people, and will be a centerpiece of pride for judicial workers in the entire region.