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Afra to Procurement Board:
Look closely at land
acquisition by State
The State's land acquisition process
has long been a source of concern
due to overpayment for private
lands and should be an item of
priority for this country's irst ever
Board of the Of ice of Procurement
(OPR). The board was installed by
President Anthony Carmona on
This was the advice from past
president of the Joint Consultative
Council ( JCC) and chartered sur-
veyor Afra Raymond.
He believes that the OPR should
look into the acquisition process as
the new Public Procurement and
Disposal of Public Property Act
comes into operation.
"The OPR needs to develop
strong rules within the regulations
for this new system to prevent the
abuses of the past," Raymond said
as he directed his advice to the OPR
chairman, Moonilal Lalchan.
"The OPR now has to move rap-
idly to establish the regulations and
administrative arrangements so that
this new system can start function-
Based on the "good collabora-
tion" he had with Lalchan in the
past as chairman of the T&T Cham-
ber of Industry and Commerce,
Raymond said he expected him to
"provide solid leadership of this
important new public institution
which is responsible for overseeing
all transactions in public monies".
Raymond said dishonest profes-
sionals who endorse fraudulent
claims should be reported to their
professional bodies, their insurers
and the police.
"We need to go beyond sound
bites and get to taking decisive ac-
tion on these matters of professional
misconduct. Not one of those many
scandalous cases of grand corrup-
tion could have happened without
the connivance of crooked profes-
sionals who were active participants
in the fraud. We have to rusticate
these people from our midst if we
are ever to regain control of this sit-
uation," Raymond said.
He suggested that the best im-
pact of the new system will be that
the role of Cabinet in the contract
award process "be greatly reduced,
if not entirely eliminated".
"That will be a great step forward
as the actual responsibility for these
spending decisions will be properly
concentrated," Raymond said.
"Finally, I do not expect a re-
currence of the Kallco situation, in
which a company being sued by the
State was awarded a large contract
at the same time. Those detrimen-
tal silos will now be a thing of the
past, as the new system allows for
cross-disbarment so that infrac-
tions in one state agency can have
the effect of disqualifying those
contractors or suppliers in all state
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley said last Tuesday
during the JCC's breakfast meeting
that while these new arrangements
should bring about a new way of
doing business and such new ap-
proaches should see bene its such
as better transparency, value for
money and a reduction in corrup-
tion, "it would be naive to believe
that this law will be the panacea
which will solve all our contracting
and related problems".
"In fact it comes with signi icant
risks if there is not a societal abhor-
rence of the widespread corruption
as a way of life and favours as an en-
titlement," he added.
shot dead in POS
A Guyanese national was shot
dead in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
Dead is 30-year-old Troy
Henry of San Juan.
Homicide detectives are
working on the theory that
Henry's murder was linked to
the killing of Luke Adams, 19,
Adams was killed when a
gunman opened ire on the oc-
cupants of a car stuck in traf ic
along Duke Street during the
lunch-time rush hour. Adams
was seated in the front passen-
ger seat of the car.
According to reports, Henry
was shot around 6 am.
His body was found along
Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain,
by of icers of the Duncan Street
Henry was rushed to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital
but succumbed to his injuries.
Investigations are continuing.
Fruit vendor robbed
Two masked robbers entered
the home of fruit vendor Alis-
ter Alexander and tied him to
his bed before ransacking the
house and stealing $130,000 in
cash and valuables.
They then snatched the keys
to his Ford Ranger and drove
The van was later found
abandoned at Grand Bazaar.
Alexander, 62, of Sobo Vil-
lage, La Brea, told police he
was asleep at home when he
heard a strange sound in his
room. When he opened his
eyes he saw the two men wear-
ing masks. No arrests have yet
Guns found in
South Western Division po-
lice seized two .38 semi au-
tomatic revolvers in separate
incidents on Friday.
The weapons were among
eight irearms recovered for
this year in the Division, which
has the highest crime detection
rates in T&T.
In the irst incident, of icers
led by Sgt Ali of the Point Fortin
CID went to Hollywood Village,
where they saw a 34-year-old
unemployed man sitting under
a mango tree.
When they checked his bag,
they found the revolver and a
bag containing 52 foil packets
In another incident around
12:30 am, PCs Maharaj and
Clarke, acting on a tip off, went
to an abandoned concrete
building at Church Street, Point
Fortin, where they found a bag
containing a loaded gun.
The irearms have been sent
for ballistic testing and police
said they are continuing the
quest to rid the streets of illegal
weapons. ---RADHICA DE SILVA
Annisette questions ferry's effectiveness
President of the Seamen and Wa-
terfront Workers Trade Union
(SWWTU) Michael Annisette is
questioning Government's decision
to exclude key stakeholders in the
selection of a new vessel to service
the sea bridge.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert
said that Government purchased a
ferry which will be named Galleons
Passage at the cost of US$17.4 million
to service the inter-island sea bridge.
The Government will take de-
livery of the ferry in China around
February 9 and will set sail for the
Caribbean shortly thereafter.
Imbert said the ferry was built
from scratch in China starting in
It has never been used and T&T
will be the irst user, Imbert said.
Imbert said if we were to order a
ferry to be built it would not arrive
Annisette said the fact that the
ferry was not built speci ically for us
could cause some problems.
"Anybody who knows maritime
knows that if somebody is building
a vessel from scratch they build it
for their own peculiarities and their
own operational needs, and there-
fore the question that I would ask
is whether or not those needs meet
Trinidad and Tobago's needs," Ann-
He also questioned why stake-
holders who use the sea bridge were
not involved in the procurement
process for the vessel.
"While the Government would
have said they used experts from the
UTT (University of Trinidad and To-
bago) to do the sea trials I have not
been told who are the experts. who
are these experts, what are their
quali ications what kind of sea trial
would they have done in the past
that quali ies them to be experts,"
Annisette said the union was also
left out of any kind of discussions.
Meanwhile, former transport
minister Devant Maharaj has writ-
ten to the chairman of the Integrity
Commission calling for the exami-
nation of the procurement process
used by (Nidco) the National Infra-
structure Development Company
for the purchase of the ferry.
were all smiles
the launch of
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