Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Finance minister responds to Stanleytown pump queries

Finance minister responds to Stanleytown pump queries
August 23, 2009 | By KNews | Filed Under News

The Ministry of Finance has noted with concern misleading assertions being made in some sections of the media about the prices paid by certain Government agencies for works done or goods supplied.
Stanleytown Pump and Engine

Stanleytown Pump and Engine

These assertions have included, most recently, a story by Kaieteur News on 20 August 2009 in relation to the price paid for a drainage and irrigation pump at Stanleytown, in which that newspaper claimed to be able to obtain the same pump at a fraction of the cost paid.

The Ministry wishes to point out that this project was publicly tendered, with advertisements published in the national newspapers, including Kaieteur News. The contract was awarded to the sole tenderer. Any supplier was free to submit a bid, as is the case with all other publicly tendered contracts.

Indeed, if the author or editor of Kaieteur News is able to access these items at such low cost and to execute works at costs significantly lower than are currently being paid, the Ministry would urge that they participate in future tenders by submitting a bid and competing for the award of the contract themselves.

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