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It wasn't us!

Published:Monday | June 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is continuing to deny reports that it awarded multimillion-dollar contracts to a security company in which Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was a partner despite more evidence to the contrary.

Since last week, officials of the UDC have repeatedly claimed that it did not award any contract to Bulls Eye Security Services Limited, which lists Jamaica's most wanted, Coke, as a shareholder and former director.

But Gleaner sources at the Private Security Regulation Authority claim documents submitted by Bulls Eye Security Services has the UDC listed as its only client.

In addition to security services being provided for projects at the St William Grant Park and the transport centre, both in downtown Kingston, four other contracts are listed by Bulls Eye, and are all linked to the state-owned UDC.

However, Lorna Clarke, corporate relations manager at the UDC, last week echoed the claim of other executives of the corporation that it "has not awarded any contract to Bulls Eye Security Services Limited".

According to Clarke, Bulls Eye was engaged by the contractors for the St William Grant Park project and the transport centre. Jatlin Construction and Associates and Alcar Construction Limited are the named contractors associated with these projects.

Clarke argued that the UDC undertook the two projects on behalf of the Government for the Kingston City Centre Improvement Company (KCCIC).

"The inability of the KCCIC to take over the projects has resulted in the UDC having to arrange the handover of the facilities to the end users," Clarke added.

She also told The Gleaner that the UDC has continued to use the services of Bulls Eye Security on an interim basis at a cost of $235 an hour per guard, which is in accordance with standard industry rates.

"It must be noted that the UDC is in the process of tendering for this service, since it continues to have the responsibility of securing the facilities," Clarke said.

tyrone.reid@gleanerjm.com