Contractor accuses Regional Office of breaching agreement
A weeding contractor is claiming that he is owed in excess of one million dollars by Region Three’s Regional Democratic Office for cleaning services he provided to 56 schools across the West Demerara district.
The contractor, Trenton Small, is alleging that he agreed to a $1.2 million contract with the Regional Democratic Council to tidy up “weed-infested” schools in West Demerara but has been given ‘the royal runaround” to acquire payments for the services rendered.
“Every three days dey got me running at de office, dey tell me come back Wednesday and when I go dey tell me that de cheque ain’t sign yet, it got to go through some tender board… and I got workers to pay.”
The man explained that he and a team of 23 other persons used personal resources to essentially clean Nursery, Secondary and Primary schools from Patentia to Parika, two weeks before school reopened in September.
Small told Kaieteur News that most of the work was completed before the new school term, but that the operation was thwarted by a breach of the initial contract agreement. A frustrated Small claims that the initial deal stated that he would receive a $500,000 advance for job which was never fulfilled.
“I never get a cent and me workers want dey money” Small reiterated
On the contrary after being contacted via telephone, Regional Executive Officer, Donald Gadraj stated Small was never promised an advance, but had requested it.
The REO said that the tender board is awaiting inspection reports on the work which was carried out by Small and his team in September to make a decision on payment.
According to Gadraj, inspection of the schools is yet to be completed.
Gadraj also held that Small was never contracted by the Regional Office, but commenced work through a Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) without approval from the Regional Office. “The tender board would decide when payments will be made,” Gadraj said.