‘Bird Nest’ gets billion-dollar contract; Patterson wants an investigation

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Former Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, Alliance for Change and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU+AFC) Parliamentary Member, questions the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) authority to award contracts without adherence to stipulated and acceptable rules and guidelines.

The Parliamentarian said he is seeking an investigation into the award of a contract to a known social media personality, ‘Bird Nest’. On the basis that the contractor was not eligible for the award. Patterson noted that the tender process was conducted by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).

In the letter to the Public Procurement Commission, MP Patterson stated, “The technical requirements of the bid documents required the successful bidder to have successfully completed projects of a similar nature and size within the last three years.” Patterson contends that “the Tepui Group Inc., that was awarded the contract was established in August 2022, and therefore does not meet the requirements; however, they were still awarded the contract.”

Listing the company to which the contract was awarded and the details of the contract, Patterson stated, “Entity: No of bidders: Awardee: Award Sum: Date of Registration: Registered Office: Construction of the Pump Station at Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara, Region No. 3 166/2023/21 Ministry of Agriculture, National Drainage and Irrigation Authority. 26 Tepui Group Inc. G$865,543,500.00 August 4, 2022 Lot 78 Hadfield and Breda Streets, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, Guyana Directors: Winston Martindale, Paul Rodrigues, Michael Rodrigues, Sunnil Bhagwandin Francis Arokium (Secretary)”

Meanwhile, in a Kaieteur News article, the engineer’s estimate for the contract was published at $779,198,584. With 27 companies in the bidding process, 10 of the bidders were within the engineer’s estimate. Some of those companies have years of experience.