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Was Correia snub politically motivated?

April 5, 2013

Dear Sir,

With all the concern and subsequent debate regarding the Heritage Wharf, I’m compelled to offer my perception of the situation, after listening to an on-air interview with the construction boss of the original contract.

Dennis Correia, of Correia Construction categorically laid out the facts.

* There was no ‘shoddy’ work performed

* All work was completed to specification requirements

* That Correia Construction received $54m for the project

* The ‘Thruster wall’ was done to ‘specs’, after being downgraded / reduced to a category 1 hurricane restraint, due to financial challenges by the previous Government.

* That all equipment necessary to carry-out the extensions, is available on Island

* That with the exception of perhaps the Pile Load testers and very expensive electronic testing equipment, all other labour is available on Island

* That Correia Construction has an extensive resume that includes contracts with Royal Caribbean and others, for fulfilling obligations throughout the Caribbean.

* That an independent audit was conducted by the office of the Auditor General for three days, at his office — nothing illegal, unethical or fraudulent revealed

* All this information was offered / given to all local media, yet was not conveyed to the general public

* Was not contacted by the previous Government regarding necessary repairs to thruster wall, as an Inspection report indicated work was done to ‘specs’ — no faults

* That he had a look at the plans for the ‘extensions’ — stated he could perform the work for at least half the price quoted.

Mr acting Editor, with the facts now known, one can only take the position that perhaps the decision to (indirectly) ‘out-source’ the extensions to Heritage Wharf was/is politically motivated.

I recall the OBA and the PLP categorically stating that they will work together for the betterment of the country.

It is no secret that potential discrimination, because of affiliation, runs rampant in the country. Island Construction boss, MP Zane DeSilva has attested to this after some of his contracts were terminated after he successfully ousted David Dodwell, in a previous election. Is there the possibility, that as a consequence of Dennis Correia’s wife running for the PLP recently, have any bearing on the decisions of the OBA, as well?

With all the negative rhetoric, manipulation / fabrication regarding this project, it is plain to see that the current Government had a plan to justify and rationalise their decision not to employ the services of a creditable on-Island firm capable of fulfilling demands of expertise as well as human resources.

It is a sad state of affairs.


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Published April 06, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 05, 2013 at 10:46 pm)

Was Correia snub politically motivated?

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