Agri Mi­ni­stry ig­no­res court or­der to halt $200M pon­toon pro­ject

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

A lo­cal con­trac­tor has rai­sed red flags over a mul­ti-mil­li­on­dol­lar con­tract for the sup­ply of four pon­toons to the Mi­ni­stry of the Agri­cul­tu­re for use on the East De­me­ra­ra Wa­ter Con­ser­van­cy (EDWC).pon Ac­cor­ding to Friends­hip, East Bank De­me­ra­ra-ba­sed En­gi­nee­ring & Con­struc­ti­on Inc. (ECI), des­pi­te the Chief Jus­ti­ce’s or­der quas­hing the Mi­ni­stry’s award of a con­tract to ano­ther com­pa­ny and com­pel­ling it to re­con­si­der its de­ci­si­on not to en­ter in­to a con­tract with ECI un­less cau­se can be shown why the or­der should not be ma­de ab­so­lu­te, the Mi­ni­stry ig­no­red the Chief Jus­ti­ce’s in­struc­ti­ons.

ECI has sin­ce sta­ted that it has laun­ched a com­plaint with the World Bank, which is fun­ding the con­struc­ti­on of the four pon­toons for use by the Na­ti­o­nal Drai­na­ge and Ir­ri­ga­ti­on Aut­ho­ri­ty (NDIA), an arm of the mi­ni­stry.

The ca­se was fi­led against the Mi­ni­stry of Agri­cul­tu­re, the Mi­nis­ter of Agri­cul­tu­re, its Per­ma­nent Se­cre­ta­ry, Dha­nesh­war Ja­mes, Pro­ject Coor­di­na­tor of the Mi­ni­stry of Agri­cul­tu­re, and the At­tor­ney Ge­ne­ral.

Ac­cor­ding to court do­cu­ments, on Au­gust 23, 2016, Chief Jus­ti­ce, Yo­net­te Cum­mings-Ed­wards, is­sued an Or­der Ni­si quas­hing the Mi­ni­stry of Agri­cul­tu­re’s de­ci­si­on to dis­qua­li­fy ECI and award a con­tract for the sup­ply of pon­toons with mud bins to Gu­y­a­na Na­ti­o­nal In­du­stri­al Com­pa­ny Inc. (GNIC).

The court or­der in Au­gust said that the mi­ni­stry must within two weeks re­con­si­der its de­ci­si­on to dis­qua­li­fy ECI, un­less cau­se is shown why tho­se or­ders should not be ma­de ab­so­lu­te. ECI is re­pre­sen­ted by at­tor­ney-at-law De­vin­dra Kis­soon of Lon­don Hou­se Cham­bers. The court mat­ter is con­ti­nuing, but al­rea­dy GNIC has this past week de­li­ve­r­ed one pon­toon and is pro­mi­s­ing to com­ple­te and hand over the remai­ning three by the end of the month des­pi­te the exis­ten­ce of the Or­der Ni­si pre­ven­ting the sa­me.

(Kai­e­teur news)

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