Edghill asks pro­cure­ment com­mis­sion to probe D’Ur­ban Park project

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

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He added that from April 22, 2016 to June, 2017, it is es­ti­mated that public funds amount­ing to $1.5 bil­lion have been spent on the project.

As a re­sult, he re­quested that the PPC in­ves­ti­gate the pro­cure­ment process for con­tracts awarded to fa­cil­i­tate works on the project prior to April 22, 2016 and up to June 30, 2017.

He said he also ex­pected that the PPC would look at what pay­ments were made to in­di­vid­u­als, con­trac­tors and com­pa­nies as it re­lates for the project and what li­a­bil­i­ties, if any, to in­di­vid­u­als, con­trac­tors and com­pa­nies were owed for works and ser­vices up to June, 2017.

In ad­di­tion, he said he an­tic­i­pated that it would in­ves­ti­gate if there was a bud­geted and ac­tual cost for ev­ery com­pleted phase of the project and a pro­jected fi­nal cost for the over­all project.

Edghill is also seek­ing to have the PPC pro­nounce on if a pri­vate com­pany can en­gage con­trac­tors with­out any pro­cure­ment process and then re­quest and re­ceive public monies for fund­ing the con­tracts, as well as whether the Pro­cure­ment Act binds gov­ern­men­towned and con­trolled Spe­cial Pur­pose Com­pa­nies to fol­low its pro­cure­ment rules. He also asked the PPC to look at whether there was any il­le­gal­ity or mis­man­age­ment of this project and, if so, to ad­dress the rec­om­mended re­me­dial ac­tions.

The govern­ment was crit­i­cised for fail­ing to dis­close the es­tab­lish­ment of the com­pany, and the in­volve­ment of Dr Ru­pert Roop­naraine, then Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter, who served as a di­rec­tor for the com­pany rep­re­sent­ing the govern­ment.

Pres­i­dent David Granger had said that HDI was a spe­cial pur­pose com­pany that was set up to man­age the prepa­ra­tion of the fa­cil­ity for the in­de­pen­dence ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions in the ab­sence of a bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion. “… .So there is noth­ing se­cret, or there is noth­ing crim­i­nal about the HDI, it did serve a pur­pose and when that pur­pose or that use­ful­ness came to an end, re­spon­si­bil­ity was handed over to the Min­istry of Public In­fra­struc­ture,” he had said dur­ing a seg­ment on The Public In­ter­est in­ter­view pro­gramme.

The pres­i­dent added that the “tran­si­tional com­pany” com­pany only ex­isted for six months and en­abled the ad­min­is­tra­tion to com­plete the project.

The full names on the Ar­ti­cles of In­cor­po­ra­tion for HDI are Lawrence (Larry) Wil­son, Bo­bita Ram, Vic­tor Wil­son and Gen­tian Miller.

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