Ministry of Transport clarifies contract controversy over license plates issuance.
The Ministry of Transport awarding a contract of over two hundred thousand dollars for license plates has been the subject of controversy since earlier this year. A letter from new Ministry of Transport CEO, Adele Catzim Sanchez, requesting clarification from the former Chief Transport Officer on how the contract was issued was leaked to the media. Since then, Minister of Transport Minister Rodwell Ferguson has gone on record to clarify that he had no hand in the issuance of the contract. He also stressed that the allegations of the contract recipient being related to him are false. Here’s what he had to say on the topic.
Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Transportation: “That’s not true. Let me explain to you how the ministry was being run. I as the minister, I do not operate every day in the activities of the ministry. That’s why I have a CEO and they are the ones who decide who is to get the contract or who don’t. I do not decide. I don’t care. But once I know that the job is been provided and the job is done, that is my position. I put out a letter stating that I must at least be aware of anything being signed over $5,000 so I can be aware. You all criticize me and say the ministry is micromanaging but as the minister responsible, when the cabinet comes to me, I must have an answer. So I have to have an answer to make sure I can provide to the cabinet and actually to the National Assembly.”