Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Deyalsingh: Sacha contracted to NP

...to clean glass


making a point: St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh displays a document during his contribution at yesterday’s sitting of the Lower House at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. See Page 9 —Photos: ISHMAEL SALANDY

Mark Fraser

Sacha Singh, the ex-girlfriend of former tourism minister Chandresh Sharma, has the contract to clean glass windows at National Petroleum (NP), St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh revealed yesterday.

“Who is Sacha Singh? What glass she accustom cleansing?” Deyalsingh asked.

He was speaking in the debate on the Finance Bill in the House of Representatives.

“That is what we have today in NP ... NP has become one of the most corrupt State enterprises under this Government,” he said.

Singh, who owns three companies, was involved in an alleged altercation with Sharma, which led to his resignation as a minister. Sharma was not in the House when Deyalsingh raised the issue of the contract to Singh. 

Deyalsingh also produced documentary evidence to prove that Roop Chan Chadeesingh, chairman of National Gas Company (NGC), the State enterprise which awarded a $1 billion contract to Super Industrial Services (SIS) for the Beetham waste water project, was chairman of SIS in 2010.

Deyalsingh quoted from the October 2010 issue of SIS’s newsletter, Info Vision, which boasted of the company’s efforts to “give back”.

In the article, headlined “SIS stands up in time of need”, it stated: “The country has witnessed an unbelievable beating by the elements ... SIS Ltd, on learning (sic) the plight of the people, decided to come forward and offer a disaster relief warehouse which was handed over by chairman of SIS, Roop Chan Chadeesingh.”

When Deyalsingh was finished quoting from the newsletter, Health Minister Fuad Khan quipped: “It’s a small country.”

Deyalsingh said NGC was now building interchanges in Couva and waste water plants.

Noting that Works Minister Suruj Rambachan “boasted” that NCG is going to be involved in the Couva interchange, Deyalsingh asked: “Is that the role of NGC? Is that the proper use of the billions of dollars coffered in NGC?

 “The same NGC where its chairman was the chairman of SIS,” he stressed. “The chickens are coming home to roost.”

Deyalsingh said he has known Chadeesingh well for 40 years.

“I know the man well, since I was a teenager,” he said.

NGC’s award has been described as a classic case of bid-rigging by the Opposition and Opposition Leader Keith Rowley has written to President Anthony Carmona seeking his intervention.

Rowley has also called on the Integrity Commission to investigate the award and promised to take the matter to court if Government fails to stop the award of the contract to SIS.

Deyalsingh also said just now the Government would run out of ministers.

“You have one minister who is responsible for trade, industry, communications. He is also the de facto behind the scenes Minister of Agriculture. And I say that with no apologies. Senator (Vasant) Bharath has to be hand-holding the Ministry of Agriculture where he once worked. He is in charge of four ministries.”

Noting there had been three ministers of tourism, Deyalsingh said: “Just today, in the newspapers, one of the tourism stakeholders is actually rejoicing that a particular minister is no longer there. Because, according to them, nothing happened. Imagine that!”