In a bizarre turn of events, the National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) has issued a public statement contradicting its own Deputy Chairman Stephen Gardiner.
NIDCO carried a paid press advertisement on Sunday stating that completed construction works on the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin is at 49 per cent.
But Gardiner recently told a parliamentary committee that $3.7 billion has been spent and 61 per cent of the work completed.
The company’s statement conforms, however, with an earlier assertion from Government Minister Stuart Young that 49 per cent of the work has been completed.
Young told the House of Representatives on April 1 that “more than $5 billion has been spent.”
The initial conflicting statements led the political opposition to threaten a motion of censure against Young in Parliament.
But the Sunday press advertisement brought NIDCO in line with Young on the matter of the extent of completed works.
Interestingly, the company responded to “several incorrect statements recently made in the public domain with respect to the completion of the project.”
There was no reference to Deputy Chairman Gardiner.