A legal advisor for the government of Dominica has requested more time from the legal team representing the Joint Consultative Committee on the Construction Sector (JCCCS), a local construction fraternity who has threatened to take legal action against the government of Dominica by 4:00 pm today if Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit fails to respond to a pre-action protocol letter addressed to him concerning the contract for the West Bridge Project in Roseau.
This is according to President of the Builders and Contractors Association of Dominica (BCAD) and Chairman of JCCCS, Anthony Le Blanc who was speaking to Dominica News Online (DNO) on Wednesday.
“We had some response from a member of the government legal team to our legal team requesting more time which we have no difficulty of giving them more time for them to respond,” he stated. “They asked for a few more days, less than a week.”
The JCCCS had written to the Prime Minister saying that he should meet certain demands and respond or the matter would be taken to court by Wednesday afternoon.
The organization is concerned over the awarding of a contract to NSG Management and Technical Services Ltd of Barbados, worth approximately EC$18.2 million for a major project in Roseau, which will include demolishing and reconstructing of the West Bridge.
Among concerns raised by JCCCS previously were that there are local companies with the experience for taking on such a project and questions were raised over the procurement of the project in line with the Public Procurement and Contract Administration Act.
The fraternity is being represented by four attorneys, two Trinidadians, one Dominican and one Queen’s Counsel from the United Kingdom (UK).
The JCCCS consists of the Dominica Association of Professional Engineers (DAPE), Dominica Society of Architects (DSA) and the (BCAD)
The contract for the West Bridge Project was signed on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
The project, which was to commence on May 2, 2016, is to be completed by April 2017.