NHC Chairman responds to SLP concerns

NHC Chairman responds to SLP concerns

Press Release:The St. Lucia labour Party having found no technical issues with the Forestiere Housing Project, has decided to focus its attention on the type of contract issued being a direct award to Fresh Start Construction.

Has the St. Lucia Labour Party while in Government offered any or no direct awards on construction projects?

In 2012, the St. Lucia Labour Party Government transferred 58.2 acres of land in River Doree to NHC/BAU with the foreign company Baupanel owning 51% shares without an Alien Land Holding License, while nothing was received in return from that company. Immediately these important questions arose “was due diligence performed by the Government?” Did the Government of the day put the project to public tender?

Again, “did the Labour Government conducted due diligence when in 2015 it entered into an agreement with French Company JLDP for the development of the Talvern lands?” Was the development placed on public tender?   

Was Joachim Henry given a direct award to be the consultant on several playing fields just before the last election and while he was the Labour Party’s candidate for Castries South East?

Wasn’t the award of several contracts to rehabilitate playing fields given as direct awards with Joachim Henry as consultant and the majority of contractors from the constituency of Castries South East which he sought to represent?

Why Joachim Henry did not express similar concerns then, and as the consultant advise his employer to put these projects through the public tendering process?

Did the Tax Payers receive value for money when contractors were given direct awards under Joachim Henry’s watch on the Marigot playing field?  The construction of a changing room measuring 19’-7” by 41’-3” having cost $478,067.00 representing $591.30 per square foot and sand from the Roseau Bay was collected and spread in one weekend over the field surface costed $420,980.00

Wasn’t Joachim Henry paid $80,000.00 as a consultant to supervise these trivial works on the Marigot field?

In comparing, the Forestiere Housing Development being a Major project spread over 17.3 acres with all its superior infrastructure did not cost one cent in consultancy fees.

The following are the facts about the Forestiere Housing Project    

  1. Lowest infrastructural cost per square foot of land when compared to any previous projects undertaken by the NHC in decades
  2. Superior infrastructural works with concrete roads and concrete drains cast institu.
  3. No consultancy fees
  4. Project completed ahead of schedule and without one cent cost overrun.
  5. Project is a model community with sixty residential lots, a church lot, two commercial lots, a standard size playing field with a 50 feet buffer along its perimeter and a lot for a human resource development center.
  6. A standard contract document as that used in all Government projects and previous NHC projects was used to engage the services of Fresh Start Construction.
  7. Whereas with all contracts where finance is provided by the contractor interest is chargeable, to date Fresh Start has not requested any interest payment.
  8. To date, the Government has not spent one dollar of tax payer’s money on this contract
  9. All monies invested in the project will be realized upon the sale of the lots, therefore the Government will not be left to subsidize this project.

I must indicate that a direct award under the NHC is not new, as the Marigot Housing Development commence in 2007 under then Housing Minister Richard Frederick was a direct award.

Now compare this Forestierre project to the failed projects of River doree and Talvern, these projects have left the people of St. Lucia with liabilities of tens of millions of dollars without a single lot sold or a single home built. The fact is no housing development was done by the NHC within the reign of the Labour party Government between 2011 and 2016.

If Joachim Henry and the St. Lucia Labour Party can offer a package better than that which was done on the Forestierre project, please come forward and present it or else thereafter forever hold your peace.  

The Government of St. Lucia through the National Housing Corporation remains committed to facilitating the construction of much needed homes for the people of St Lucia.

Timothy Mangal

CHAIRMAN

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15 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    August 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm Reply

    well well. what do we have here now.

  2. Anonymous
    August 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Party politics again

  3. Eric Shon
    August 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply

    Moral of the tale: keep one’s mouth shut

  4. Anonymous
    August 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Agreed. I could never understand this Labour party. Choopsss you would swear they have been angels who only now fell from the heavens.

    1. A Voter
      August 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm Reply

      Why are you defending the worst government on the planet? Are you so retarded that you don’t mind being sold like slaves to the Chinese or lied top all the time by your white Master?

  5. A Voter
    August 15, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply

    This fat tub to lard has no shame. No shame at all. Good to see he is locking the diet off the shoes of the UWP government. Good riddance to bad Rubbish.

  6. A Voter
    August 15, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply

    Tub of lard

  7. Worried
    August 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Tell me why when they on the side it’s always bad but when they get in its like that’s the best place to be that just goes to show you them greed men only care about themselves and would do anything for a buck even sell themselves greedy nasty political thieves. ..

  8. Anonymous
    August 15, 2017 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Hahaha..Woy..me leee..hahaha

  9. Anonymous
    August 15, 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Is this a response from a party operative or the Chairman of the NHC. Mr. Mangal should know the difference. I know some people will not understand, but the Chairman of a Statutory Corporation should stick to giving the facts relating to the matter under his/her direct control. The fact that he goes all about the place suggest something to hide. What is it Mr. mangal?

  10. Anonymous
    August 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply

    There. Is corruption on both sides of the fence we need a revolution to drive the chastanet administration from Power in st Lucia

  11. EER
    August 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm Reply

    It is time that persons appointed politicians and the BEGGAR (because they come to our doors and ask for votes) politicians stop acting like the public purse is their personal monies. CONCRETE ROADS!!!Aren’t these persons absurd. When trucks and other heavy equipment start to use these roads what will become of it? How can a government give a direct award to a company that has never been engaged in any such work whether for private or public entities? where is the history to justify a direct award. Is this what Mr. Mangal wanted to do when he asked the former government to be the caretaker candidate for the constituency?

  12. Joe Shmo
    August 15, 2017 at 9:10 pm Reply

    We st lucians are so dumb……politicians on both sides eat and drink together and laugh at us whilse we are left squabling with each other………so sad and pathetic!

  13. Anonymous
    August 15, 2017 at 10:56 pm Reply

    I can only say to those opposition idiots when you live in glass house don’t throw stones. And to those who want to put the government out they can’t get in. And to those who complaining about any thing find something to do for you’ll self. When you critisize people other people critisize you. Idiots. Cretisizing the person who have and you don’t have your own .again idiots.

  14. Anonymous
    August 16, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply

    Greed in when you can never have enough. You eat tell you fat and bloated then die of what is called a “lifstyle desease” and or steal and scheme all day long to get your bank account fat anf fatter. They cannot help themselevs! It a mental disorder! Its up to the ‘sane’ to keep them incheck. Otherwise they will consume everything around them. Like a virus!

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