As promised Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney addressed some specific issues regarding contracts which he said government officials are directly benefiting from.
During a press conference on Monday, Mr. McCartney said the government has devoted $10 million to address environmental concerns at Clifton Pier.
The DNA leader, for the past several weeks, has been calling on the government to speak up and be more transparent and he says this is only one of the many issues plaguing the country at this moment.
“We have a difficulty with our monies being spent in this country and with people in power benefitting from contracts being issued and work not being done, all to the detriment of the Bahamian people,” he said.
It is regarding various contractual issues that Mr. McCartney said monies are being shelled out yet nothing has been done.
“About 18 months ago the government engaged a company known as Coastal Systems international to address these concerns,’ he explained.
“To date nothing has been done yet. The government insists that Coastal Systems International be paid. The government is consistent and very direct not withstanding nothing has been that this company remain.”
The concern he said with this company in particular was that it was engaged without allowing local or other international companies to bid and has made no difference since its engagement, therefore adding to what he terms an environmental nightmare.
Another company, Morgan Oil out of Freeport, Grand Bahama he said was also contracted to remove petroleum from waters at Clifton Pier and was also initially paid over $100,000 but yet again, Mr. McCartney contends, nothing has been done.
“They’ve had their barges sitting in the harbour for months now without the permission or approval by the port department and they have not done anything to address the concern that they were paid for,” he added.
“Yet they are now asking and sending in another bill for $100,000 for services rendered.”
Mr. McCartney is calling on Prime Minister Perry Christie and Environment Minister Kenred Dorset to investigate and determine what has happened to the monies that were invested to address environmental concerns.