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Lashley calls for Warrens inquiry

Lashley calls for Warrens inquiry Minister Michael Lashley. (FP)

Sun, January 13, 2013 - 12:07 AM

Minister of Housing Michael Lashley believes the circumstances surrounding the issuing of the contract to Al Barrack to construct the controversial Warrens Office Complex should be the subject of an inquiry.

“It is from the bottom of my heart that I believe there should be an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the granting of the contract for Al Barrack,” Lashley said on Friday night at the official opening of the constituency office of Democratic Labour Party St George North candidate Senator Jepter Ince in Bridge Cot, Market Hill.

“I have no issues, I have no problems with Al Barrack,” Lashley told the gathering.

“I have no issues with a small contractor getting the job. I have no issues with that but if the process seems to be tainted, I believe that we have a duty to . . . call the whole Cabinet to account because they decided and gave the contract to Barrack. (MB/RB)

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Posted by Jane Brown 1 year, 8 months ago
I totally agree with you Mr. Lashley, especially when the political party who signed that contract seems to be the one pointing all the fingers about how much debt the countries has. Same way they did it for the 5 star hotel up Dodds.

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Posted by c holder 1 year, 8 months ago
Because the taxpayers have another $600 000 to waste?

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 8 months ago
Is the date for this Inquiry sometime before February 12, Minister? And while you're at it, can we also have an Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the granting of permission for B's Recycling to commence operation at the Bagatelle landfill without Town Planning approval?

How about an Inquiry into the squatters in the Belle racking up a $20, 000 water bill on the National Petroleum Corporation and the circumstances surrounding the MP having the water reconnected after it was turned off?

Maybe we should have an Inquiry into passing legislation to circumvent the Town Planning Department from carrying out enforcement notices on the illegal extensions on government housing units. These extensions block NHC easements making it impossible for workers to clear blocked sewage pipes. This is a health disaster waiting to happen.

Are we going to also have an Inquiry on the $3 million CLICO check (cheque) and what led to the delay in appointing a judicial manager?

Let's have an Inquiry into visa revocations, Coverley, fencing contracts, QEH, and all statutory departments....

And finally, we can have one big Inquiry into all preceding Commissions of Inquiry.

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Posted by John Da Silva 1 year, 8 months ago
I heard before he was awarded the contract to build the Warrens Complex, he had only built a few houses. Does anyone know if this is true?

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 8 months ago
We NEED yet another Commission of Enquiry!

They're cheap: they solve little:
let's go ahead with that!
There's so much to be gained -----NOOOOT!

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 8 months ago
Lashley asked this question in today's Sunday Sun: "How can you have a major institution [NHC] that was setup to provide housing for people of this country shift to building offices?" He went on to say "there has to be a serious investigation into this matter."

Answer me this question, Minister Lashley. How can you have a major institution [NIS] that was setup to provide pensions for people reaching the age of retirement in this country, shift to being a "bank" for your government to borrow $40 million monthly to pay public workers salaries in such a reckless and unsustainable manner?

Would you also be willing to have a "serious investigation" into this matter?

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Posted by Orson Arthur 1 year, 8 months ago
I don't think you need another inquiry.
You have the building. Pay the man his money.
This is just another way to delay payment.
It is about time it is over with. Pay the man
so he could pay his bills.

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Posted by Rico Cave 1 year, 8 months ago
I thought government didn't have any money........ spend another $600 000 to then have issues again!? Then they wonder why some people don't pay taxes.

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Posted by Jane Brown 1 year, 8 months ago
Ok people, they will pay him. The inquiry isn't to delay payment. It is to expose if there was any fowl play surrounding giving him the contract. Gheez, some of you are so into supporting a party that you turn a blind eye to certain things. Please think for yourself and stop drinking the Koolaid.

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Posted by daneale o'neale 1 year, 8 months ago
We should call u as a witness Mr Harper,since you seem to have a lot of the facts that happen under the government before this one,but inquiries is a was of money cause no one get lock up nor the recommendation followed,and the the whole thing is forgotten until a next one is ask for.isn't the country too poor at this time to afford one.Barrack should have be payed when he was awarded 34 millions.what a shame 60 millions now.

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