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Gov't denies diverting JDIP payments to JEEP contractors

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The Government is denying that payments to some subcontractors under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) are being deliberately delayed and used to pay contractors under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).




Last week, Opposition Parliamentarian, Mike Henry said millions in payments are being delayed by the National Works Agency (NWA) and this could affect Jamaica’s programme with the International Monetary Fund.



Works Minister, Dr Omar Davies admitted in Parliament yesterday that there has been a delay in payments to JDIP’s main contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company.

However, Dr Davies said there was no direct contractual relationship between the NWA and the Ministry with subcontractors.



He said it’s the responsibility of China Harbour to pay subcontractors as only that company can make requests to the NWA for payment for work done.



Dr Davies said the Government has fulfilled its 15 per cent obligation to cover the cost of the JDIP and the outstanding sums were from the China Exim Bank.



He said meetings have been convened with China Harbour to address the matter expeditiously and that the Government will ensure that all outstanding obligations to sub-contractors are honoured.



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