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The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) has
accused the People's Partnership Government of
being "unscrupulous" over the controversial award
of the billion dollar contract to a consortium of
companies for the Beetham Water Treatment
The contract was awarded to a consortium of
companies that includes Foster Wheeler, Super
Industrial Services (SIS) and Hyflux.
The trade union group said the award of the con-
tract was yet another "shameless and glaring exam-
ple of the very unscrupulous nature of this current
Following a meeting of the executive, the group
stated, it intended to make a public statement today
on the award of the contract to the consortium
whose bid was far above the competitor by $400
A statement from the National Gas Company
(NGC), in response to the allegations of impropriety,
said SIS submitted the tender package on the con-
sortium's behalf and its bid was approximately
NGC's statement said of the two companies who
submitted tender packages, one company quoted
approximately US$95 million with numerous vari-
ables proposed that would have eventually escalated
the overall cost.
A total of 14 companies bought tender packages
while two submitted completed tender packages
but 12 of them dropped out due to limited time to
send in their proposals.
On Monday at a press briefing Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley alleged that corruption was involved
in the award of contract and called on President
Anthony Carmona to intervene.
Rowley claimed the bidding process was not fair
and it was a "rape" on the country's Treasury.
He also said a list of 16 bidders were reduced to
two companies --- SIS and Atlatec --- and the bidding
process was conducted in such a way as to "drive
away" the other bidders, many of which were more
experienced than SIS.
NGC's response was that the tenders submitted
were evaluated by a cross-functional team of six
experts from both the NGC and National Energy
The company said that team, following a thorough
review and site visits, made its recommendations
to NGC's Management Tenders Evaluation Com-
mittee (MTEC) and the MTEC reviewed the rec-
ommendations and made its own recommendation
to the NGC's Board Tenders Committee (BTC).
The release also said the BTC subsequently
reviewed the submission and forwarded its recom-
mendation for award to the NGC board of directors,
following which the final award would have been
When contacted yesterday a spokesperson for
SIS declined to comment on Rowley's allegations,
saying it is observing what was happening and
would issue a statement on the matter at another
Five men accused of robbing Republic Bank of over
$4 million earlier this month appeared before a Sangre
Grande magistrate yesterday and were granted bail
totalling $6.4 million.
Of the five, three were charged with a similar offence
on January 17 at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch
at S&S Persad Supermarket, Guayaguayare Road,
The three---Navin Juteram, 34, Chaitram Mohammed,
27, and Kumar Narine, 21---are jointly charged with
two other men with robbing two men using personal
violence and attempting to break and enter the auto-
mated banking machine (ABM).
They are to re-appear in court on March 24 with
their co-accused at the Mayaro Magistrates Court.
The trio and Jason Villafana, 41, are accused of break-
ing and entering RBL on March 1 and stealing the
Juteram and the fifth accused, Sateesh Boodram, 33,
are also charged with receiving money knowing it to
be stolen arising from the robbery at the Sangre Grande
Branch of RBL.
Juteram is alleged to have received
$46,800 while Boodram allegedly
received $2.1 million of the loot.
A sixth man, a former police officer
who retired as an inspector and became
a defence attorney, was arrested in con-
nection with the robbery over the week-
However, after consultation with the
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
no charges were laid against him and he
The men were represented by attor-
neys Shivan Jadoo, Dinesh Narine and
Shivanand Dubay, and will re-appear in
court tomorrow after the prosecutor
requested time for police to acquire into
their criminal record.
Mohammed told the magistrate he
had two convictions for stealing yam
The men were arrested and charged
by Insp Wayne Doodhai of the Fraud
Squad and Cpl Rachar of the Sangre
Grande Police Station.
Police say they have recovered $2.1
million of the stolen money and have
another suspect in custody who was
arrested yesterday and who was assisting
Five in court charged
with $4m bank heist
Police reported that around 12.30 am March 1
they received a report from the security
company which provides surveillance for the
Sangre Grande branch of Republic Bank that the
back door of the bank was open.
They also found the vault emptied of its
contents, which had included deposit boxes and
cash, including US, English, Eastern Caribbean
and European Union currency
When the accused men appeared
before Magistrate Ejenny Espinet,
court prosecutor Sgt Rameshwar
Gopaul did not object to bail but
asked for the men to report to the
police station nearest them. All five
have to report on Mondays and
Thursdays to their respective police
Juteram, of Mohammed Drive,
Sangre Grande, was granted $1
million bail and ordered to report to
the Sangre Grande Police Station.
Mohammed, of Vega de
Oropouche, Toco Main Road, Sangre
Grande, was granted $1.3 million
bail and ordered to report to the
Sangre Grande Police Station.
Villafana, of Guaico Village,
Sangre Grande, had the same
reporting condition and was
granted $900,000 bail.
Narine, of Freeport, was granted
$1.2 million and ordered to report to
the Freeport Police Station.
Boodram, of Dinsley Gardens,
Trincity, was ordered to report to
the Arouca Police Station and was
granted $1 million bail.
Joint Trade Unions on
water plant contract:
A shameless act
Chaitram Mohammed Jason Villafana
PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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