Apr 05, 2011 News
After paying an international construction company named Habiquad-Guyana, some clients are peeved at the slow pace of any move to construct their homes.
According to Charmaine Matthews, her father recently took out a low income mortgage from the Citizens Bank to build their first home.
She said that her father is maturing in age and wants to provide his children with their own home, although he is working at the Kuru Kuru Cooperative College on a minimal salary.
Ms Matthew further said her father decided to go with a company out of the Lodge Area called Habiquad, and “they are building fire and termite resistant homes with a material they call SIP. The first shipment of this so called material was supposed to arrive in Guyana in February. It is now April and nothing has been done no preparatory works have started on our property or nothing.”
She explained that on each occasion when her father visited Habiquad office at 202 Lodge “we are greeted by one Diane Leitch with the most outrageous of excuses and she then becomes abusive when we ask questions, the owner of the company has since left for the US and was supposed to return within a matter of days it is months now and nothing is done. I can no longer bear seeing the frustrated look on my father’s face.”
Other persons who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation said that Habiquad-Guyana has taken their money and are procrastinating with building their homes.
When James Saleh, the Chief Executive Officer of Habiquad Global, which is the parent company of Habiquad-Guyana was contacted, it was disclosed that Habiquad – Guyana, commenced work on Mr. Matthew’s project on 11/15/10, and due to inclement weather work was stopped.
The parent company further stated in an email that after confirmation the client’s mortgage was approved by Citizens Bank on 1/27/11 “we resumed work on January, last, in which time we completed excavation and the prep work before the inclement weather returned and lasted for two weeks.”
However, on February 11, last, the foundation was completed and the inclement weather returned for another six days after which works started and continued the curb wall, stairs and septic tank by February 22.
“Mr. Matthews has been keep abreast of every event, and Mr. Vernon Wilson, Managing Director, took him to the site on two occasions to see the progress on his site. Actually, Mr. Wilson spoke with Mr. Matthews this morning (yesterday) with an update, so we are unclear on a couple of points and that is the treatment of him and the fact that she states no work has been done on this project.”
The company stated that currently they are under manufacturing and will be shipping these to Georgetown shortly. “Mr. Matthews was informed that his unit would take approximately four months for completion after confirmation of his mortgage with Citizens Bank, which occurred on January 27.
“Habiquad Global, LLC and Habiquad-Guyana remain committed to establishing a reputable and trustworthy company in Guyana. We plan to follow through with the development of a local manufacturing facility, and to bring safe, affordable, termite and fire resistant houses to the local Guyanese Community.”
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