Last updated on Thursday 15 July 2021, 8:25 by Denis Chabrol
The Guyanese government may have to write off just over GYD $ 19 million that was spent on the purchase of a closed circuit television system for the National Intelligence Center in 2015, but which was never delivered and the Today’s bankrupt company cannot be found, officials said Wednesday.
“It was a deal that was done and CCTV (closed circuit television system) never happened,” Permanent Secretary of the President’s Office Abena Moore told the Biparty Committee on Public Accounts (PAC) . “Based on the research we did, the company has filed for bankruptcy,” she said.
She said she had already sought advice from the attorney general’s office and would do so again on the contract awarded on December 14, 2015 for GYD $ 19.108 million.
Ms Moore said the name of the video surveillance system vendor was Moon Blink Communications Inc. and its officers were Shaun Birkett and Sean Nolan. Ms Moore said efforts had also been made to determine whether there was an affiliate.
Governance and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gail Teixeira suggested to PAC that the finance secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Cabinet may have to cancel the transaction because no information was found on the company. “Is this something that should be considered by Cabinet as a write-off, in other words, is it a loss?” She asked.
PAC chairman Jermaine Figueira said all steps should be exhausted to get to the bottom of the deal before the government decides to roll it back. He suggested that Attorney General Anil Nandlall “can give the PS appropriate advice”.