Pierre says UWP mistakes in gov’t costing the country

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Pierre says UWP mistakes in gov’t costing the country
Philip J. Pierre.
Minister Pierre.

Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport Phillip J. Pierre has said that his government has not only had to deal with the current economic crisis, but to endure the consequences of several bad financial decisions by the former United Workers Party (UWP) Government.

Speaking in parliament on Tuesday April 29, 2014, Pierre sought to shed light on what he said were a number of infrastructural projects which had glaring differences between the estimates proposed by technocrats in the ministry and what were actually awarded during the UWP’s reign.

Pierre’s statement comes in response to suggestions by Castries South-east Member for Parliament Guy Joseph that the government has been poorly managing the country.

Pierre and Joseph have recently been in conflict over the media following accusations from them both of nepotism and abuse of public office.

Pierre said that with every bad decision made by the former government, there is an associated cost which his government has had to pay.

In referring to the Bocage Road project, Pierre said that on October 13, 2011, the UWP entered into a contract with Asphalt and Mining (A&M) against the advice of the technical personnel in the Ministry of Communications and Works. He said government signed a contract valued at $9.97 million, but based on what was proposed by technocrats in the ministry it should have cost $8.86 million.

Among the overpricing alleged by Pierre, was for a retaining wall of up to five meters done by A&M at the cost of $3,450 per meter. The ministry had proposed this to be done at $1,750. Pierre also mentioned another retaining wall of up to three meters by A&M, which cost $4,225  per meter. The ministry had estimated that each meter should cost $1,050.

“These are the challenges we are faced with. We are paying for bad decisions that continue to cost us a fortune,” Pierre said while adding, “What was the motivation to enter a contract so soon before elections, where Ramjewan was a witness. Money paid out with no work or guarantee of work. Now we must do the work. These are the bad decisions that are costing us now.”

According to the contract, a 20 percent advance was paid when it was made. It was done about a month before general elections that year.

According to Pierre, his ministry is in the process of undertaking the proposed works with alterations to suit fiscal restrictions. That will cost $329,000.

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  1. I guess you are working on your inflated costs for now in preparation for the next government. And guess what? the taxpayer gets it in the neck again. Everything about Pierre is the last administration. I guess all the bad loans of 1997-2007 & 2011-2014 didn't contribute to our financial problems. You are in the drivers seat now Phillip fix it!!!!

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  2. Pip, you became a minister because you promised the people you would make things better...Dont come in and them start making excuses about former administration...Youre the one in power now fix it..It is evident now that these Politicians are Clueless on fixing this economy....no ideas what so ever..They seemed more concerned about the affairs of the UWP than the affairs of the country

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  3. What about all the cost overruns that happened even before projects were started in the last SLP Administration. Will PIP enlighten Saint Lucians about that. How quickly we forget when the shoe is on the other foot.

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  4. Pip you see the abuse you getting? I told you to take action take steps to have GJ arrested talk talk talk no action if the former minister was involved in dodgy dealings stop producing evidence use it!

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  5. What an idiot!! If UWP made mistakes, why didn't the SLP government learn from their mistakes. From day one after the Bonsejour speech of jobs, jobs, jobs, they started bringing down the economy to the point that it is in an irreparable state. So don't be hypocrites and don't pass blame, don't look for excuses as to why you all cannot manage the economy of St. Lucia. Just come out straight and say that you all have made mistakes that have contributed to the demise of our economy and we will respect the SLP govt more. From the Leader down to its followers, they are all in denial. Even the talk of 5% cut in public servants, followers are not seeing anything wrong with that. Idiots i say!!

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  6. Pip is an arrogant - sorry VERY ARROGANT, man. He is the chief promoter of the blame game and he doesn't realize that that's not working anymore.

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  7. Maciay....now you all see Pierre not bright....I saw that since before he turn politician.....lol "

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  8. The people who votepolititons because they like the politition are to blame themselves for thr country going down. You should vote not the politicians because he or she is your friend or you like hom or her or you will get a money eyc. Think of 'your"country people because some of you all are the same ones who will regret. Think smart.

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  9. My goodness. I only read the first the first line. The rest is not even worth.my while. There is something terrorbly wrong with St. Lucian government ministers. They blame because they know the crap they're doing or have done or are doing. Stop behaving like spoilt kids and with the issues. You guys waste time talking shit amd doing nothing. What is blaming fixing Mr. Pee...NADA. Deal with the damn issues amd stop wasting time and the peoples money...hey " the country is going done. You all jusy there talking crap ....getting Lucians frustrated.

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  10. Pip you shouldn't talk because you guys came and are doing the same all these consultants and PS's getting so much money plus benefits, people like Vaughan Lewis, Christopher Hunte etc. Boards here there and everywhere and now you'll speaking about cutting salary, where is the hope for the poor people of this country mister Minister........

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  11. Phillip Pierre is a complete idiot!!!! I Highly overated and purely vicious and parisan in everything he does. Thank god this man will never be PM of the country!!!!

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  12. What was the motivation to enter a contract so soon before elections "according to pierre".
    What does this statement mean?
    Is this a typing error or very poor use of english by pierre.
    Anyway,proper english has
    always been one of pierre's deficiencies.
    Anyway,where was pierre during the famous West coast road project?
    Pierre has no shame.

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  13. Until we the people stop voting for political party's or politicians just because we like them an is who u know and not what is important these problems will continue to affect every ones survival where dog eat dog is the nom an a vote is to say I like u an don't care what u bring to my table

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  14. unbelievable...why don't both parties sit and work to improving the country...regarding the bloody statement...so what? and then what? what are you guys gonna do to work for the people and do something to improve the lives of St. Lucians...this political system in St.Lucia reminds me of the African nations...fighting fighting fighting...geesh STOP ALREADY!

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  15. Not surprised at all by the headline. Deliberately, some administrations low-ball the estimates for certain items of expenditure just to give the impression that they are keeping costs down. Other times, it is just plain incompetence. Fundamentally, it points back to the glaring lack of institutionalized government-made mechanisms going back to pre-independence governance mechanisms that habitually fail our administrations in responsibly monitoring and addressing mistakes BEFORE they happen. Since the SLP shows no potential ability or inclination to improve in these respects, it too is liable to fall victim to the same issues, busting or being forced to outspend its declared budgetary limits.

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    • I am waiting for more intelligent comments to emerge from our more stupid commentators. This will not happen because too many are too abominably ignorant.

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  16. Weh maysaye... When are yall going to STOP pointing the finger back at one another!! The country is moving backward and people are suffering as yall play blame TENNIS!!! How is now alone yall saying something as budget come out?! Give me a break PIP. Just fix it, people will start respecting yall more if yall just DID SOMETHING.

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  17. PIP WHY DON'T YOU SHUTT ...YOU ALL CAME AND FINISH KILLING THE COUNTRY AND THROWING STONES.INSTEAD OF FIXING THE PROBLEM YOU GUYS HURTING THE COUNTRY MORE.BETTER DAYS BULL ...

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