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SEA exams on May 3
FBI failed to probe tip on shooter
The 2018 Secondary Entrance As-
sessment (SEA) 2018 will be held
on May 3.
The Ministry of Education said
in a release that the examination
will consist of three papers Eng-
lish Language Arts Writing, Math-
ematics, and English Language
The items for the Mathematics
and English Language Arts pa-
pers will be based on the content
in the Primary School Curricu-
lum Guidelines (2013) which is
currently being implemented.
This will be the last year that
the examination will be held in
May. From 2019, the SEA will re-
vert to March (Term II) as was
As the date for the SEA ap-
proaches the Ministry of Educa-
tion will be working with schools
to ensure that all students are
prepared by way of additional
support such as concessions and
assistance from the Student Sup-
port Services Division.
Contractor levies on
Cepep for $1.9m debt
High Court Marshals yesterday levied on Cepep
Company Ltd headquarters yesterday after the com-
pany failed to comply with a court order to pay close
to $2 million owed to a contractor.
Accompanied by the contractor, Imtiaz Moham-
med, and the police, Marshals moved into the Ste
Madeleine premises around 8.30 am where eight
vehicles and truckloads of furniture, appliances,
computers, water pumps and other assets were
In December, Cepep was ordered to pay
$1,962,947.36 to Mohammed, owner of Tora Bora
Construction & Contractors Ltd, for money owed
since March/April 2015.
Mohammed said was awarded a contract under
the Health Sector Initiative to undertake remedial
works at the St Joseph Health Centre in St Joseph.
Mohammed said for the past two and a half years he
has been trying to get his money.
Describing the situation as unfortunate, Moham-
med said he had no choice as his business was suf-
fering and he cannot meet his financial debts.
“(They) can’t be doing contractors that, we have
our companies to run. Owing this money has put a
lot of pressure on me, I had to release my workers.
I couldn’t continue any kind of construction work
because I was depending on this money to be my
working capital and we had to close off all our con-
struction work for the last two and half years be-
cause of this,” he said.
Mohammed said the assets seized might only
cover 30 or 40 per cent of the debt owed.
In response, Rural and Local Government Min-
ister Kazim Hosein said part payment of $500,000
was made to Mohammed yesterday but Cepep will
return to the court in eight days to mount a defence.
He said Cepep was the project manager for the pro-
ject done under the Health Sector Initiative between
2010 and 2015. “When they went through the whole
court process and the court ruled against Cepep, the
company did not have the funds at that current mo-
ment to pay the contractor, so it made part of the
payment today, $500,000 but that did not prevent
the court marshals from moving forward with the
confiscation of assets.”
Responding to a question in Parliament about the
levy action, Planning and Development Minister
Camille Robinson-Regis said the Government met
outstanding amounts to be paid on those contracts
in the amount of $148 million under that 2010 and
However, she said there was lack of proper docu-
mentation as documents seemed to have been de-
stroyed. Robinson-Regis said the Cepep board took
the decision not to use subvention monies to pay
those outstanding contracts as it would have further
compromised the financial position of the company.
In a release, former Housing Minister Roodal
Moonilal the levy action was another graphic exam-
ple of the “ineptitude and warped priorities” of the
Government. He appealed to the government to en-
gage affected contractors in purposeful discussions
with a view to liquidating long-outstanding debt as
soon as possible.
Workers remove furniture from the CEPEP Company Limited head office yesterday after it was levied on for
outstanding money owed to contractor Tora Bora Construction and Contractors Limited. PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH
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