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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 18, 2013
THE PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY
OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Annual General Meeting And
Continuing Education Lecture
Theme: "Embracing Pharmacy Vigilance -
Do The Right Thing"
"Accreditation and Pharmacy"
Centre Pointe Mall, Chaguanas
Sunday 30th June, 2013
Start Time: 8.30 a.m
For further information contact:
Janet Parris: 702-3341
Doodnath Mohammed: 721-7033
Junia Walcott: 689-4408
The space in the Fire Services
book is too small to list all the
maintenance work carried out on
two vehicles in its fleet.
This was the explanation given
to the T&T Guardian yesterday by
accountant Kameel Hosein, in
response to queries about the huge
cost paid for oil and air filter
changes on the vehicles. Questions
about the cost of servicing the two
SUVs, PCT 1633 and PCK 571, were
raised in a T&T Guardian exclusive
The Toyota Prado is being used
by acting Chief Fire Officer Nayar
Rampersad and the Volkswagen
Touareg is used by other staff.
Yesterday, however, Rampersad
said he would call for a forensic
audit into how money was spent
on servicing vehicles owned by the
service over the past five years.
Financial statements listing
maintenance work on the Fire
Services vehicles for January-May
this year showed the cost of oil,
air and filter changes on the Prado
amounted to $41,858.
A similar job on the Volkswagen
Touareg cost $35,917.
They were among a number of
questionable transactions listed in
the vote book that showed orders
for parts for vehicles that had
already been sold, costly paint jobs
and oil changes and the scope of
works submitted by selected firms
and not the Fire Services own
Yesterday, Hosein produced
copies of the invoices for the job
carried out on the Toyota Prado
on February 5 and on the Touareg
on February 27.
Asked why the departmental
vote book did not reflect the full
details of the servicing jobs, Hosein
said: "It did not have enough room.
I just wrote part. The space is one
centimetre in width by four cen-
timetres in length."
In relation to the Prado, acting
chief Rampersad said: "That vehi-
cle was giving trouble. In fact, they
said it was a manufacturing defect.
Nobody wanted to drive that vehi-
cle. They had to replace some
Rampersad said the invoice for
the Touareg would also show what
work was done.
Asked why $86,250 was paid
for a transmission for a Dennis
water tanker which was never sup-
plied, neither Hosein nor Ram-
persad could say.
"That was before my time,"
Rampersad said. "I cannot account
for that. I can only speak about
what I know.
"Based on all the information
coming to light, I have no choice
but to ask for a forensic audit relat-
ing to the expenditure over the last
five years. Wherever the chips fall,
they fall," he added.
In relation to documents show-
Fire chief wants parts audit
ing a starter was bought for
$92,676, procurement officer
Allister Salandy told the T&T
Guardian the cost was due to
more than one item being
bought. Lack of space in the
vote book was again blamed
for the lack of detail in listing
The invoice, dated January
29, showed the following pur-
chases: Two starters $59,980,
one flywheel $7,220 and two
No explanation could be
given for why not one but two
starters were bought. They
were for a 50-seater Mercedes
Benz bus that was sold in a
public auction at the Chagua-
nas Fire Station last October.
Breakdown of servicing on
the Prado and Touareg
Cost to supply and change oil and air filter,
diesel treatment, check and adjust belt- $6,500
Cost to service injectors and injector pump-
Cost to supply and install turbo-$24,798.42
Complete wash, buff and polish-$950
265/60 R18 rotation (four)-$40
Front left and night disc pads-$2,945
Rear left and right disc pads-$2,945
Glow plugs (four)-$795
Outer steering end (two)-$2,030
Inner steering end (two)-$1,595
Cradle complete with ball joint -$7,500
Cradle arm bushing $750
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