I have read over the reports in the RG today detailing correspondence and other documents relating to the construction of the new Police/Court building. The information seems quite detailed, and I am afraid they appear ahrd to refute, although I would like to hear the reply to them from the various agents involved in the construction.
I’ve already written in an earlier post that I do not understand how LLC recieved the contract in the first place, as from my reading of the application they should have been disqualified from it. I fully support the idea of investing in new entities and breaking existing monopolies within industries, you know, helping out the little guy and evening the playing field and all that. Thats fine. But I am a believer in approaching this step by step, awarding progressively larger contracts so that the ‘little guy’ has an opportunity to grow organically in both capital and experience to the point that it is able to handle large projects like this one. That can be painfully slow, at least in the beginning. Anyone watching a child learn to walk knows that experience, but they also know that the learning curve only starts of slow and grows exponetially after a certain point. I don’t know the full details of the case of course, but it does look like a case of forcing someone to run when the focus should be on learning to walk well first. The result of that is almost always failure, and reflects badly more on the agents that created the situation than anyone else.
I don’t know what to say really. I’m just really disappointed. I was disappointed by the Berkely project, and it seems that history is repeating itself here, although with perhaps a bit more farce. This situation should not have happened and if the facts as reported in the RG are accurate, and there is insufficient reason given to explain the how’s and why’s of these developments, well, I’m sorry but there’s a little something called accountability that needs to be brought into play.
The PLP has done a lot of good things since coming to power, but there are lots more that should have been done, and many others that should not have occurred in the first place. The Police/Court building should have been built a long time before now, and it should have been done better than it currently is. Other eyebrow raising concerns stem from the handling of the Berkely project, failure to implement minimum and overtime pay, questions regarding Southside low-cost housing, the Faith Based Tourism debacle and the Bermuda Cement Company fiasco. The Party cannot afford to continue making mistakes like these, and there are still some unanswered questions over many of these issues.
Its disappointing, and I hope that these issues are resolved in good order and at double quick time.