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The $120 million dollar flyover project announced last year by Barbados Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke continues to be the subject of rumours and questions about the lack of open process in the awarding of the contracts.
As usual, Oliver Jackman of The Nation was right on the money when he commented…
“…there has been no official denial of allegations that the project was not put out to tender. If these allegations are accurate, there arises the question of the legal propriety of the ministry’s actions.”
“…it does seem to me that democratic governance in Barbados would benefit from the appearance of a whistle-blower or two.”
Barbados cannot afford to have international investors wondering about how public contracts are awarded, or how much of their money will end up going into illegal kickbacks. As citizens, we should not have doubts about where our money is ending up.
“Follow The Money” has always been good advice when investigating corruption. At Barbados Free Press, we intend to do exactly that.