Opposition Leader Marlon Penn has said he is yet to receive terms of reference for any of the consultancy contracts issued under the VIP administration since they took office in February 2019.
Penn made the comments on Monday when asked about the $144,000 consultancy contract that government recently awarded to Claude Skelton Cline’s company, Grace Consulting, through a tender process waiver.
Government had claimed that Skelton Cline’s company was deemed suitable for the consultancy having successfully executed ‘deliverables’ in his previous $98,000 contract.
However, Penn said neither him nor members of his Opposition received any information regarding deliverables or evidence from any of the consultancy contracts the Fahie administration has awarded.
“Up to this day, I have not gotten the terms of reference for any of the consultancies that the Premier hired. I wrote to the Premier and the Speaker, twice, after the question was asked in the House of Assembly for the specifics with the terms of reference, the specifics with the deliverables that we did not receive,” Penn stated.
“We have not gotten the evidence in terms of any of the consultants delivered; not just this particular consultant, but any consultant that has worked for the government over the last nine months,” added Penn who was speaking at a recent media conference held by members of the Opposition on Monday, December 16.
Premier had threatened to fire Cline if he did not deliver
Back in April when Skelton Cline was awarded his first contract under the Fahie administration, Premier Andrew Fahie had assured the House of Assembly that he would personally fire Cline if he failed to deliver.
“If he doesn’t produce, he’ll be fired. If he produces well then, he’ll see. When you sign a man with a contract, if the deliverables don’t come, he in trouble,” Fahie said at the time.
He added: “If they don’t feel that the deliverables are there whether it be Claude or whoever, they have to answer the call. I love him but he’ll have to go and sit down.”
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