Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 19th 2013 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 19, 2013
Deadline date for
application: 6th September 2013
Apply in writing to:
The Human Resource Manager
Eniath's Printing Co. Ltd.
6 Gaston St., Lange Park,
Applicants are also required to submit a copy of the application to:
Ministry of Labour & Small and Micro Enterprise Development,
50-54 Duke Place, Duke Street, Port of Spain.
Eniath's Printing Co. Ltd. is
- Heidelberg Offset Press Operator
- Sales Representative
- Bindery Superviser
- Graphic Arts / Prepress Technician
- Maintenance Staff
Experience would be an asset
The Government has incurred
a debt of more than $1 billion to
local contractors with more than
50 per cent of that cost being
owed to contractors working on
lands being developed for resi-
dents who will be displaced by
the construction of the San Fer-
nando to Point Fortin Highway.
For more than a year, the Estate
Management and Business Devel-
opment Company (EMBD) has not
paid contractors developing lands
at Petit Morne, Ste Madeleine and
Cedar Hill, Princes Town, which
will be allocated to residents living
along the path of the controversial
$7.2 billion highway project and
And the figure is likely to
increase because of cost overruns
and delays on the project.
Outstanding debts are just a few
of the issues plaguing the EMBD
sites as allegations of shoddy
work and inflated claims are
expected to increase the cost of
In a telephone interview with
the T&T Guardian, Housing Min-
ister Roodal Moonilal admitted
that the Government was owing
the contractors over $1 billion.
Already, he said, the Govern-
ment had forked out $250 million
in the last eight months to pay off
contractors, with the contractors
at the Petit Morne development
still being owed $300 million for
that project alone.
However, he said a probe is
under way into payment claims
by some contractors, which he
described as scandalous.
"When I took over the ministry
over the EMBD, there were bills
there for us that were over $1 bil-
lion," he said.
"The Cabinet was not comfort-
able with the governance arrange-
ment set up before and if we were
to pay, it would be a scandalous
sum of money to contractors,
whereby to develop a lot of land
was $600,000 per lot and we had
serious concerns about the internal
procedures that generated those
types of prices."
Lenny Sookram, project man-
ager for Namalco Construction
Services, one of the contractors
at the site, confirmed his company
had not been paid for its work for
the past 15 months.
Namalco, he said, also under-
took work at Picton I, Barrackpore
and Roopsingh II at Waterloo, with
all three sites totalling 2,500 lots
which are yet to be given out to
prospective residents. He said they
have submitted over 15 certificates
of payment but none have been
paid to date.
Other contractors at the site,
LCB Contractor, and the engi-
neering consultant firm, BBFL
Civil Limited, have also not been
Namalco is responsible for the
development of Petit Morne II and
Petit Morne IIA, the latter of which
is being developed for relocated
residents from the highway proj-
ect.Sookram said non-payment has
led to the suspension of work on
several occasions, which they are
entitled to do under their contract with
the EMBD. However, he said they are
allowed to make claims for extra time
spent on the project.
Sookram said large sums are owed
to them and the non-payment for work
is threatening to cripple the company.
He did not want disclose the sum of
money, but said the fee runs into hun-
dreds of millions.
"We have worked and have not been
paid for over a year now. Under the
contract we are entitled to suspend
work or take action when we have sit-
uations like this but notwithstanding
those actions the employer has asked
us to continue to work in good faith
while they arrange money and pay-
ment," he said.
"We continue to work in good faith
and here we are today one year to 15
months down the road without pay-
ment and not only on this job, we have
two other projects with the EMBD that
we suffer the same situation."
"From time to time we get small
amounts of money but nothing sig-
nificant. They said funding was the
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The site at Petit Mourne which is earmarked for the
relocation of people displaced by the construction of
the Point Fortin highway remains under construction
by LCB Contractors Ltd and is only about 40 per
cent completed. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Govt owes $1b for land development...
Scandalous claims by contractors---Moonilal
NAMALCO Construction Services Ltd project manager Lenny Sookram shows a map outlining the boundaries
at Petit Morne. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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