Our Friend Adrian Loveridge Thinks Convicted VECO Execs Should Be Given An Opportunity…
I fully support Richard Sealy’s call for a forensic audit on the construction of the new prison at Dodd’s, and would do so irrespective of which political party he represents.
Clearly, it was wrong for the Chief Executive of VECO and its wholly owned subsidiary Commonwealth Construction, Bill Allen and Rick Smith, the VP of Community and Government Affairs to become involved in offering bribes to politicians and others.
But they have pleased guilty and face up 11 years in jail if media reports are an indication.
Are these gentlemen though, the real villains?
Perhaps, controversially, I do not think so!
In fact, I would go so far as to encourage the authorities to ‘trade’ years for names.
Mr Allen and Mr Smith have admitted their guilt!
What we now need to do is to uncover the other politicians and civil servants that have accepted bribes and favours and ensure they receive the full wrath of the law.
Perhaps for every major name exposed, they could be pardoned one year?
Minister Dale Marshall has assured the nation publicly, that VECO will retain the contract to complete the Dodd’s Prison facility, albeit considerably later than previously indicated and if we believe media reports, substantially above budget.
This in itself raises many other questions.
If you visit Commonwealth Construction’s own website (www.commonwealth.ca) under the Projects Controls Systems section they make a particular point of highlighting their IMP2 ACT Project Control Software.
This is ‘to allow the project manager to know his project costs, productivity and progress at all times’.
How then, can any project escalate from an original figure of BDS$100 million to the latest media reports of BDS$292 million?
And why is the project so far behind the original date given for completion?
Also of concern is the exact capacity of the prison. In a website of one on the sub contractors, Rotondo Weirich, mention is made of just 480 cells.
Are ‘we’ really spending a quoted BDS$292 million to go back to having up to three inmates occupy one cell?
The Minister has an urgent obligation to answer these questions.
I urge Mr Sealy, to raise these questions and repeat his call for a forensic audit in the lower house of Parliament every week and also for independent Senator, Sir John Stanley Goddard to do likewise in the Senate.
28th May 2007