EMA to recoup $1.2 million from contractor

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Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 17:45

he En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty (EMA) has won a law­suit against a con­trac­tor for the re­fur­bish­ment of nine po­lice sur­veil­lance bays along the Uri­ah Bul­ter and Solomon Ho­choy High­ways. 

De­liv­er­ing oral judg­ment at the Hall of Jus­tice, in Port-of-Spain on Tues­day, High Court Judge Frank Seep­er­sad up­held the EMA’s law­suit in which it was seek­ing to re­coup the $1.2 mil­lion that was ad­vanced to Syn­er­gy Re­sources Ltd, of Union Road in Mara­bel­la. 

Seep­er­sad stat­ed that on a bal­ance of prob­a­bil­i­ties, Syn­er­gy Re­sources did not meet its con­trac­tu­al oblig­a­tions to war­rant the re­ten­tion of the mo­bil­i­sa­tion fee. 

In April 2015, the EMA signed the al­most $2.5 mil­lion con­tract with the com­pa­ny for it to re­place miss­ing or dam­aged lights and to en­sure se­cu­ri­ty cam­eras were op­er­a­tional. It paid the mo­bil­i­sa­tion fee, which was  50 per­cent of the val­ue of the con­tract. 

Al­though the com­pa­ny was re­quired to com­plete the work in three months, it did not com­ply as it claimed that re­place­ment parts pro­vid­ed by the EMA were in­com­pat­i­ble. 

Sev­er­al months lat­er, the com­pa­ny ap­proached the EMA and in­formed it that it had the nec­es­sary equip­ment to com­plete the job. 

Al­though a re­vised con­tract was signed, the com­pa­ny still did not com­plete the work for the sites to be hand­ed over to the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) for sur­veil­lance and emer­gency re­sponse. 

Af­ter the law­suit was filed, the com­pa­ny filed a de­fence but no ev­i­dence from wit­ness­es to but­tress its case.  

As part of his de­ci­sion in the case, Seep­er­sad or­dered the com­pa­ny to pay the EMA’s le­gal costs for bring­ing the law­suit.

Reporter: Derek Achong

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