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Company involved in Walwyn Wall scandal given another ‘no bid’ contract

-SA Architect gets contract where tender was waived for some $132,142.45
SA Architect that was at the heart of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Wall scandal has been given another ESHS ‘no bid’ contract. Photo: VINO/File
The Auditor General, Ms Sonia M. Webster, in her bombshell investigation of August 2018 on the small ESHS Wall noted that the project which was managed by the Ministry of Education and Culture and is the pet project of Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) was outsourced to the same SA Architect. Photo: VINO/File
The Auditor General, Ms Sonia M. Webster, in her bombshell investigation of August 2018 on the small ESHS Wall noted that the project which was managed by the Ministry of Education and Culture and is the pet project of Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) was outsourced to the same SA Architect. Photo: VINO/File
Many have blasted this decision to have this company that Ms Webster raised concerns about still being given such a wavier as the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert set in Cabinet with such a decision. Photo: VINO/File
Many have blasted this decision to have this company that Ms Webster raised concerns about still being given such a wavier as the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert set in Cabinet with such a decision. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - SA Architect, the company that was at the heart of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) 'Wall' scandal has been given another ESHS ‘no bid’ contract.

The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government in a Cabinet decision of October 25, 2018, waived the tender process for the $132,142.45 restoration contract for the ESHS L Shaped building.

SA Architect will be doing consultancy services in the form of management oversight for the L-shaped building restoration project, due to the familiarity with and urgency of the project, according to Government.

With the money not budgeted for, the Administration has called for the amount to be approved in the next Schedule of Additional Provision (SAP).

Webster raised red flags

The Auditor General, Ms Sonia M. Webster, in her bombshell investigation of August 2018 on the small ESHS Wall noted that the project which was managed by the Ministry of Education and Culture and is the pet project of Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) was outsourced to the same SA Architect.

The architectural drawings, bill of quantities and project management services were all done by SA Architect.  

The Auditor General additionally noted, “…there was no segregation of duties or secondary checks… This allowed for incongruence in the bill of quantities to go uncorrected and the contractors to be paid for unfinished work, resulting in a project that was incomplete and over-costed.”

Many have blasted this decision to have this company that Ms Webster raised concerns about still being given such a wavier as the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert set in Cabinet with such a decision. 

One senior civil servant speaking to our news desk on condition of anonymity noted “this project has been a year old, what about a short list tender process, it sends a bad message to the public on good governance.”  

The Officer who is scheduled to retire next year noted “this is a major project” and questioned why was it not handled by the RDA?

Political promises no action by Walwyn

Following the Hurricanes of September 2017 the Education and Culture Minister Walwyn had promised that the L Shape building will be ready for the next semester, but to date his words have been useless.  

Mr Walwyn also said that he was frustrated that the NDP could not get to access and use the Caribbean Development Bank loan funds.

The mistrust of the Dr D. Orlando Smith (AL) led seven year old Administration with public money continues to be a challenge for Government.  

The United Kingdom has imposed and set up an alternative government call the Recovery and Development Agency Board, where they have their own budget, own checking  account, own projects and now hires their own staff independent of the central government.

 

25 Responses to “Company involved in Walwyn Wall scandal given another ‘no bid’ contract ”

  • Xxx (07/11/2018, 14:01) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good governance all right
  • well-well (07/11/2018, 14:09) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    I call this corruption . I hope the governor will put a handle on this one. This contract need to go out to tender when will this NDP government stop sending the money like it belongs to them.
    • Jaigon (07/11/2018, 16:15) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ well-well, the Governor is the head of cabinet and chairs cabinet meetings. I want to know if he already got a dose of hush your mouth
      • Stop day (07/11/2018, 18:30) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
        @Jaigon. Governor plays a good game of chess. Watch the trade- focus on both him and his predecessor’s standard global agenda. They are diplomats remember, and remember who they represent. Check his educational and work experience for a better understanding. It can be found on the web. He will accomplish what Governor Duncan could not accomplished, but do not expect him to shake-up the mango tree- only our votes, and the standards we accept for ourselves moving forward, can do that. Out!

  • wize up (07/11/2018, 14:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    the rules that governs how tax your money is managed must be reviewed: those we vote for continues using the loopholes in the legislation to circumnavigate the system: sick of being told what is wrong very other day however none of the 13 we have voted in political office have brought any amendments to fix those loopholes: eight million dollars was passed in the house of assembly for sewage project however where is that money; a loophole was used to divert those funds: a few hours ago we had big breaking news inclusive of an apologies to the white-house: look at today’s headline.....back in the days we had a saying “don’t hate the player, hate the game”: this have to be a game: it’s funny because elections are around the Conner again; recall the origin project(yep!! Just before the last election)
  • wow (07/11/2018, 15:21) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    All I can say is WOW!
  • my my my (07/11/2018, 15:22) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ndp is above the law
  • Ah well (07/11/2018, 15:23) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    I guess is more drinks for we now at every bar from east to west.
  • Youth (07/11/2018, 15:24) Like (48) Dislike (3) Reply
    If a street man had do what Myron did then we will be in the jail. This place is so unfair.
    • wize up (08/11/2018, 10:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ youth: yes!! off to the jail-house and with the quickness: only the small man ah feel it because if I started a rumour on Sunday morning that my next door neighbor could be selling dope by that Sunday afternoon law enforcement will be all over that neighbors(just a simple allegation) however those in political office apparently have the liberty to mismanage money or divert the public tax money and nothing(just an apology): will the real criminals among us please stand up(some uses the guns whiles other uses the wire transfers)
  • Slap (07/11/2018, 15:25) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is a slap in the face of gpod governance.
  • what (07/11/2018, 15:26) Like (62) Dislike (7) Reply
    Governor you let me down big time. I thought that you will be different.
  • Help (07/11/2018, 15:27) Like (37) Dislike (4) Reply
    We need help from this corrupt bald head and his gang. They getting fatter while we catching hell.
  • no way (07/11/2018, 15:28) Like (49) Dislike (5) Reply
    No way can I trust Myron and the NDP again.
  • Come on (07/11/2018, 15:29) Like (46) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is this for real? So is this the kind of reward one gets for doing wrong?
  • Not good (07/11/2018, 15:32) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply
    As a young BVI youth I have lost all confidence in this government especially Wall-win. This is what you call making wrong become right.
  • Ok. (07/11/2018, 15:34) Like (14) Dislike (27) Reply
    DO you not have any other news other than Hon. Myron and the NDP. Some on.
    • To Ok (07/11/2018, 17:07) Like (26) Dislike (4) Reply
      You must be joking. Myron is always doing as he pleases contrary to the law with our tax money and you want us to look the other way? You better guess again.
    • the rock (07/11/2018, 17:31) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      im here thonking the same damn thing
  • ReX FeRal (07/11/2018, 17:08) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    More things change the more they remain the same. CORTUPTION IS RAMPANT ON THIS GANG WATCH.
  • Obeah (07/11/2018, 18:25) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    Y’all think obeah playing. The Governor already blinded.. nothing will come out of this.
  • Feel n Sad (08/11/2018, 08:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this is so. All I can say this is an addiction a power and greed addiction that ignores everything and everyone. I am feel n sad because Doc and Walwyn are persons i like and reapect..Sometimes its not about how smart we are to find loop hole in the law but wisdom will encourage and guide us to do the right thing.
    .
  • cromwell (08/11/2018, 13:07) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    There does seem to be a great deal of satisfaction amongst the voters, it clearly looks like you don't trust any of your own government representatives. Might I suggest a very easy answer, request the UK do what they did in the Turks & Caicos islands, come in, take control, clean house and hand the islands back after installing a better government with accompanying controls. Go take a look, it worked.
  • zoe (08/11/2018, 19:58) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not a politician going to jail so you all just hush


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