“What do you expect when Government habitually hands out contracts worth tens of millions of dollars over dinner and martinis, with never a public tender issued?”
…insider source talking to Barbados Free Press about the $50 million dollar arbitration decision against the National Housing Corporation.
No Public Tender Issued
Barbados Free Press has just learned that no tenders were ever issued for the primary construction of the National Housing Corporation’s Warrens, St. Michael office complex that is at the centre of the largest arbitration award in Barbados history.
The background to the arbitration award can be found in our earlier story, Arbitration Decision – Barbados Citizens Pay Extra $50 Million For Government Folly
BFP’s source states that Barrack Construction Company Limited, the original (main) construction company in the problem-plagued new office complex, was awarded the contract “without a tender call” and “without having the contract reviewed thoroughly by government contract lawyers.”
It was a “hastily thrown-together contract” that allowed Barrack to “easily win at arbitration” – according to our source.
Why Were Government Lawyers Not Asked To Review Barrack’s Contract?
Why indeed? Could it be that those issuing a major contract without public tender did not want to expose the process to outside scrutiny?
And the end result is that the people of Barbados will have to pay another FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS in part because of defects in the contract!
Did Prime Minister Arthur Approve This Deal… Or Not Know About It? He Can’t Have It Both Ways!
Which is it, Prime Minister? Did you know and approve of the issuing of the contract without a tender, or is everything so out of control that a one-hundred-million dollar contract can be issued without your approval?
Can’t have it both ways, Sir!
Much More To Come…
Who actually signed the contract? Who negotiated the no-tender deal on both sides? Who created the contract… the government representatives or the contractor?
And what about the company that took over after Barrack walked off the construction site in mid-job… was there a tender issued there, or just another sweetheart deal?
Stay tuned, folks… You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!