Despite the St Kitts-Nevis government’s track record of deceit, empty promises and failure to commit, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris is ensuring that his debtors are reimbursed ten-fold in an effort to keep them happy and on retainer for future ventures.
A number of companies and individuals based locally and abroad made significant monetary contributions to the existence of the THUG (Timothy Harris’ Unity Government). Harris is now caught up in repaying these companies by any means necessary, primarily through government services and contracts whose prices have been exaggerated upwards.
One company that stands to rake in millions of Kittitian and Nevisian taxpayers’ dollars is Innotech, a construction company based in Barbados.
The company got their feet into the local construction market following the election of Harris and his colleagues in 2015.
Since then, the company has received and has been slated for a number multimillion dollar budgeted projects without having gone through any serious tendering, or any tendering process at all.
Innotech was responsible for building the temporary wooden structures for the Basseterre High School, located at Taylor’s Range in 2016. The wooden school, according to government’s budget, would have cost over EC$4M, but this raised some concern as the general public grew baffled at the quality of the facilities constructed versus the payout Innotech received.
Despite the community calling on the Harris-led government, more so Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Shawn Richards for a breakdown of the expenses of the temporary site, not only did they make no mention of the true figure for the construction of the school, but the government went on to award Innotech the contract for a permanent structure for the Basseterre High School, that will cost over EC$100M according to the Harris-led government.
Innotech has also been mentioned as an integral part of the construction of the second pier, which is also estimated to cost over EC$100M.
The company has again been hinted as being the main contractor responsible for resurfacing the island’s main roads; a project that is estimated to cost over EC$69M.
Innotech is reaping benefits far greater than the investment it made into the campaign of the PAM/CCM/PLP conglomerate.
Taxpayers must pay attention to these deals, as companies, such as Innotech continues to receive far more than the actual cost of their services rendered.
This is their FAIR SHARE!