EFCL rushes to pay restaurant …”THE GREAT ESCAPE”

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It was considered the great escape.

Employees of State-owned Educational Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL), watched on in horror as a bailiff came calling on Tuesday to remove furniture and belongings because of a debt of $700,000
Quick action by EFCL prevented a disaster at a State company already reeling from its failure to pay contractors.

Lawyers and a bailiff representing Advance Commercial Equipment Ltd, of El Socorro, San Juan, went to EFCL’s office at Long Circular Road, Maraval, to seize equipment and vehicles. However, they left after the company’s management paid the money, which included their fees for the proposed action.

The company had sued EFCL over its failure to clear its debt for the supply of cafeteria equipment for seven primary and secondary schools across Trinidad and Tobago.

The schools involved were the Aranguez Secondary, Couva West Secondary, Five Rivers Secondary, Manzanilla Government Primary, Charlieville Presbyterian, New Grant Government Primary, Cape De Ville Government Primary and Munroe Road SDMS.

The equipment was supplied between 2011 and 2015. The company was paid periodically by the EFCL during the period but the debt claimed represented the balance owed.

EFCL had missed its deadline for filing its defence to the lawsuit and was given an extension to October 19 last year. After it missed the new deadline, EFCL lawyers applied for another extension. However, when the case came up for hearing before Justice Devindra Rampersad in January, they withdrew the application. As a result, Rampersad entered a default judgment against EFCL and ordered it to pay the entire sum claimed by the company within 60 days.

EFCL is owing million of dollars to contractors.

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