Monday 1 June, 2020

Gopeesingh calls for investigation into Education Ministry practices

Former Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh is calling for an investigation to be launched by the Ministry of Finance and Integrity Commission, into the Education Ministry’s decision to pay one contractor out of many, owed by the Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL).

A daily newspaper reported that an adviser to Education Minister Anthony Garcia accompanied the contractor to the EFCL last Friday and instructed that he be paid over $2 million for work done over a five month period.

In a statement, Gopeesingh said Minister Garcia’s decision to pay a selected contractor breaches the official State Enterprises Performance Monitoring Manual as it undermined the duties and functions of the Company’s Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Managers.

He further noted that the Companies Act of 1995 states that the Board of Directors directs the management of the business and affairs of the Company.

The Opposition MP added that the decision also breached the Integrity in Public Life 2000.

He said the act details specific disclosures and transparent operating procedures which must be undertaken on all procurement matters.

Gopeesingh chastised Minister Garcia for his statements in the newspaper report on the matter, stating that his comments suggested a callous disregard for the relevant official policies and procedures.

He said an investigation must be launched and the findings made public.

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