The Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, has breached procurement laws in awarding the contract to do a feasibility study on the Demerara Harbor Bridge. This according to an investigation done by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). The report stated that the Ministry did not put out a tender for the contact.
The report which was released on Thursday stated that the Ministry received an unsolicited proposal from the company which was awarded the contract, LivenseCSO Engineering Contracting BV.
According to the PPP in its findings, the Minister via a memorandum, sought the blessings from Cabinet to use funds from the DHB asphalt plant accounts. This did not pass through the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). According to the Procurement Act. the Minister does not have the power to do this.
The Commission further stated that Cabinet considered the Minister’s request and approved a sum of $161,514,420 for the feasibility study from the asphalt account. The procedure used to select LivenseCSO did not meet the standard requirement as is set out in the Act.
The general manager of DHB then signed the contract but, told the PPC that DHB was not a party to the contract but because the Minister instructed the signing.
Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday noted that the Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson should be charged for corruption because the party plans to send the report to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU). Jagdeo called the act an “unbelievable act of corruption”.