By Corey Connelly
October 10 2010 – newsday.co.tt
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last evening signalled her Government’s intention to review the $47 million public contract awarded to a Central company for lighting projects at the Piarco International Airport.
This follows a newspaper report which alleged wrongdoing on the part of Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner in granting the award in the absence of a functioning board at the Airports Authority (AA).
The contract, reportedly made to the St Helena-based company Harry Persad and Sons Limited, was alleged to have been approved by the AA on September 21. Details of the contract were contained in a letter of acceptance, dated September 21 and sent by AA to the company.
A foreign used car dealer and broadcaster had raised concerns about Warner’s conduct in the award of the contract. But yesterday, in a brief statement, Persad-Bissessar said the matter must be addressed in the interest of transparency.
“In light of the allegations now in the public domain, for the avoidance of doubt and in the interest of transparency and accountability, the Prime Minister has concluded that the award of this contract must be reviewed with a view to rescission of same,” she said in the four-paragraph release.
Persad-Bissessar said the story referred to a contract to Harry Persad and Sons Limited, approved by the AA on September 21, 2010, suggesting that this was done a day after the contractor won the bid of the contract.
“This matter was previously brought to the attention of the Prime Minister, who had then instructed that should such a contract be awarded in the absence of accountability and transparency, the same should be voided,” she said.
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Kamla Probes Airport Contract
$47m lighting contract to be reviewed
…Kamla halts $83m airport lighting contracts
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has pulled the brakes on two contracts worth an estimated $83 million that was approved by the Airports Authority (AA) without a state board in place.
…Naked misconduct by somebody
Works Minister Jack Warner must come forward and tell the country if the Airport Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) awarded a $47 million contract in breach of the company’s tender rules…
…Warner: No wrongdoing
Award of multi-million dollar airport contracts