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Aztec Asphalt Pavers, owned by
UNC financier Ishwar Galbaransingh,
won a $14 million contract in January
last year to build the Brickfield Pack-
ing House, despite having no prior
work experience with the National
Agricultural Marketing and Develop-
ment Corporation (Namdevco).
This was confirmed in a document
signed by chief executive officer of
Namdevco, Ganesh Gangapersad.
In an interview, Gangapersad said
Galbaransingh s company won the con-
tract to build the Brickfield Packing
House in Tabaquite because it had the
Documents obtained by the T&T
Guardian revealed that Namdevco was
mandated to establish five packing
houses with an initial allocation of $10
million from the 2009-2010 budget.
An additional $52 million was
approved by Cabinet in 2013 for the
projects to be constructed at Rio
Claro/Tabaquite, Sangre Grande,
pore and a temporary facility at the
port of Port-of-Spain.
In a note to the Tenders Committee,
it was stated that tenders were invited
from eight selected contractors but only
seven contractors tendered for the job.
•Aztec Asphalt Pavers Ltd:
• Saiscon Ltd: $14,833,405.53.
• Park Square Development Co Ltd:
• Amalgamated Engineering Service
• Adam s Project Management &
Construction Ltd: $15,940,227.38.
•CPML Contractors Ltd:
• ABBA General Contractors Ltd:
After an evaluation of the tenders it
was recommended that the contract
be awarded to Aztec Asphalt Pavers
Limited as the tender price was 11.85
per cent lower than the engineers esti-
Fire officers work to free occupants an Allied Security vehicle which crashed into an electricity pole along
the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima yesterday, after it was struck in the back by a car. Police say seven
people were injured. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
Namdevco on packing contract:
Ish was the
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has
said while he supported the work of the
Police Service, he hoped the assassination
case of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal will
now be brought to a close.
Leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen, Yasin
Abu Bakr had been detained for questioning
in connection with Seetahal s murder but
Rowley made the comments as he
addressed party supporters at the Princess
Royal Car Park, Arima, on Tuesday night.
"I take no issue with the police doing
their work but I am still a citizen observing.
I hope that the police can add to the detec-
tion level that is so low with respect to
"So I hope at the end of the inquiry and
the questioning of Bakr that it is in fact
serious, honest police work and we are very
near to closing the case on Dana Seetahal
because if it is not we would have entered
another dangerous and unacceptable state
of affairs in Trinidad and Tobago," Rowley
On accusations that he was aggressive
and a fighter Rowley said that was true as
he had often fought for the people.
"They accuse me of being a fighter. I am
a fighter. I fight for you. I fought to bring
Panday to the table to sign the agreement
between Caroni and the unions. I fought
for Caroni when I went to Parliament to
get $2 billion for Caroni," Rowley said.
UNC, he claimed, was also releasing mis-
information about Caroni to create racial
tensions during the election race.
The Opposition Leader also shot back at
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and
her Government who accused him of having
no plans for the country, promising to
address the mass transportation problem
in the country.
Saying that no longer would children have
to wake up at 4 am to go to school, Rowley
said all it took was skill and will.
"We recommit ourselves to a policy of
building a mass transit system in Trinidad
and Tobago: East, West, North, South. Yet
some still say we have no policy.
"Yes, they right. I have no policy. I have
no policy to thief government money. I have
no policy to appoint friends and family to
office. I have to policy to make my friends
escape through Section 34 and I have no
policy to lie to Parliament that LifeSport is
$6 million when it is really $400 million,"
He also criticised Congress of the People
(COP) leader Prakash Ramadhar for failing
to stand up to Persad-Bissessar for what
Rowley also praised the 12 PNM candi-
dates for east Trinidad, saying they were
He added: "The strength of our experi-
ence supports the newcomers to our party s
slate. Under a PNM government, no gov-
ernment will blackmail any Prime Minister
to get any position. It is not about what
they get, it is about the service they bring."
Rowley hopes for closure in Seetahal's murder
Gangapersad said tenders were
opened on January 15, 2014. Eval-
uation of the tenders were done
by Colin Manwaring, a consultant
at One Ten Architect and Planners
Limited, S. Smith, manager of
infrastructure and systems and
Narada Latchman, director of
Galbaransingh and businessman
Steve Ferguson have been at the
centre of a scandal in which they
were accused of allegedly paying
$8 million in bribes to Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The allegations were made by
ILP leader Jack Warner. Galbarans-
ingh and Ferguson are wanted in
the United States on a series of
charges arising out of the con-
struction of the Piarco Airport
Galbaransingh faces 13 charges,
among them wire fraud, conspiracy
to launder money and engaging
in unlawful transactions while Fer-
guson faces a total of 82 charges,
which include wire fraud and con-
spiracy to launder money.
The offences are alleged to have
occurred in the US, T&T, The
Bahamas and elsewhere between
September 1,1996 and December
However in 2011, Justice Ronnie
Boodoosingh, presiding in the Port
12 candidates for the eastern constituencies were
• Hafeez Ali (Barataria).
• Brigadier Ancil Antoine (D'abadie/O'Meara).
• Alisha Romano (St Augustine).
• Glenda Jennings-Smith (Toco/Sangre Grande).
• Cherrie-Ann Crichlow Cockburn (Lopinot/Bon Air West).
• Barath Barry Lochan (Cumuto/Manzanilla).
• Clarence Rambharat (Mayaro).
• Anthony Garcia (Arima).
• Maxie Cuffie (La Horquetta/Talparo).
• Esmonde Forde (Tunapuna).
• Terrence Deyalsingh (St Joseph).
• Camille Robinson-Regis (Arouca/Maloney.
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