Housing Minister Richard Frederick said his department would commission an investigation into the award of a million dollar contract to paint CDC buildings in Central Castries just before the last general election.
Addressing Parliament on Tuesday during the presentation of the $9.8 million Supplementary Budget by Finance Minister Philip J Pierre, Minister Frederick expressed concern that the contract price for the paint work awarded by the NHC was far greater than the value of the paint work done on the CDC apartments.
According to the Minister, the evaluations of the work carried out were not greater than $50,000.
Additionally, he added that the contractual arrangements made by the NHC board for the painting of the CDC apartments were outside of his purview.
While the contract was awarded barely “three weeks before” the last general election on July 26, 2021, the minister questioned the real reason for awarding a contract which he considered to be very inflated.
As a result, he said, his ministry will order an audit of the related works to determine the merits and merits of settling the claim for payment of the said contract.
This is not the first audit publicly promised by Minister Frederick, who late last year also indicated that his ministry would undertake a forensic audit of how the NHC handled its finances between 2016 and 2021.
Tenders have already been issued by qualified individuals to undertake a forensic audit of the operation of the NHC during the last administration.