MP TAMARA LEONARD WANTS TO KNOW:
-Why was there No open bidding for roof repair project?
-Why are Millions scheduled to go to a foreign company, that trails back to Alex Dijkoff an affiliate of USP?
-Why isn’t Outgoing Minister Of Finance Richard Gibson doing his due diligence or is he intentionally indulging?
PHILIPSBURG–“It is so called all about the Local contractors and businesses for this government, until big money is involved,” said Member of Parliament (MP) Tamara Leonard on Sunday.
Why does this “foreign company” that was chosen by government to supply materials for its multi-million guilders roof project, reek of USP’s associate Alex Dijkoff.
The National Alliance (NA)-led government has approved a total of NAf 2,987,964 as a pay-out to an international company called IKGN International Inc., whose registered agent in Orlando, Florida, is Nicole Marie Halley (mother of the children of Alex Dijkoff). A national decree has been sent to Governor Eugene Holiday for his approval ahead of the pay-out.
“What I want to know, especially seeing that this is the people’s money, is why was there no public, open bidding? Yes, government will probably say it had asked local companies for quotes, but who is to say what was competitive? Yes, government can also say it’s urgent, but again why no open bidding,” questioned Leonard of United People’s party.
Infrastructure projects executed by governments worldwide, in particular after a disaster, serve not only to rebuild, but to jolt local economies, said Leonard.
“Money, government’s money or rather the people’s money should benefit them and not be shipped abroad. Think about it, the turnover tax on NAf 2.9 million is NAf 149,398.20. That amount does not stay at home, so to speak, when a foreign company is involved. This sets a bad example and tramples on our economic recovery, and worst than that, why to this foreign company in particular”she said.
“Supporting local companies means supporting OUR local economy. Supporting local companies means paying social premiums – social and health insurance SZV, wage tax, profit tax, ToT. This Money circulates in the entire country, NOT ONLY to Mr Dijkoff’s family directly.
Local companies have to pay taxes come rain, shine or hurricane. Will IKGN International Inc contribute to our local economy? Will IKGN pay into our taxes?
To give all this money, the people hard earned tax money to the foreign company owned by locals means they will not contribute to wage tax and or SZV. The people of St. Maarten again lose,” she said.
“All government projects should be about the people and about rebuilding using the resources of our community. This is another attempt by the same individuals to suck the country dry of as much money as they can,” the MP stated.
“I am very curious to know if the Governor has put his signature to this decree to send money out of the country to a company whose registered purpose is business consulting, not even construction, instead of keeping it at home to rebuild our country,” Leonard said.
The decree seeks to, based on Article 47 (4) (b) of the National Accountability Ordinance, to allow government to depart from Article 47 (1) of the National Accountability Ordinance, and to enter into an agreement with the company IKGN International Inc. for the purchase of various building materials intended for the repair of roofs of elderly and disabled people. The Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI, headed by Minister Christophe Emmanuel, is to be the recipient of the material according to the decree, to which Finance Minister Richard Gibson is the government signature.
These are the type of actions that justifies the need for an INTEGRITY CHAMBER! CLICK ON LINK IN COMMENTS TO SEE WHO OWNS IKGN