Gov't: No $80M contract with Amalgamated for transport of prisoners
There is no contract for the transport of prisoners in Trinidad and Tobago to Amalgamated Security Services Limited of $80 million per year.
This is according to National Security Minister Stuart Young, who made a statement in Parliament on Wednesday on the electronic monitoring system and prisoner transport contracts.
The Minister rubbished the claims in the public domain, stating there are some people who are intent on making 'mischief'.
"There is no contract for the transport of prisoners in Trinidad and Tobago to Amalgamated Security Services Limited of $80 million an annum or otherwise."
He said Amalgamated Security began providing transport of prisoners in 1996 and has continued to do so ever since.
Young further revealed that it was in place under the two UNC administrations, having been born under them in 1996.
However, the National Security Minister said the Government was able to renegotiate an annual prisoner transport cost of $25.9 million.
"We currently have a one year contract for prisoner transport between NIPDEC and Amalgamated Security Services Limited in the sum of $25,939,031.04 (VAT Exclusive), not $80 million. The previous contract was an annual sum of approximatley $44 million (including NIPDEC procurement and management fees)," Young stated.