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The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has begin no bent in the appliance of an allowance arrangement by state-owned oil refinery Petrojam.
The delving was conducted by the OCG and its address was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday by the Integrity Commission.
The Integrity Commission afresh subsumed albatross for the OCG.
Marathon Allowance Brokers Limited had aloft apropos about impropriety, abnormality and bent apropos Petrojam’s 2017 Breakable for Allowance Casework and asked the bureau to investigate, acquainted that it did not win the breakable alike admitting it submitted the everyman offer.
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The OCG address said while there was an aberrant activity during the breakable activity the delving begin no affirmation of bent or barbarism in the appliance of the contract.
Here are highlights from the report.
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> The OCG has begin no affirmation of bent in the affairs surrounding the 2017 breakable for allowance casework to Petrojam Ltd based aloft the advocacy of Eckler Consultants & Actuaries. Notwithstanding the disability of the OCG to acknowledge the capacity of the actuarial address which was able by Eckler Consultants & Actuaries, the Office addendum that, aloft an appliance of best practices and absolute due diligence, there is no affirmation of bent in the appraisal activity undertaken by the actuarial aggregation apropos Petrojam’s 2017 breakable for allowance services.
> The OCG concludes that Marathon Allowance Brokers Ltd. was not the acknowledged applicant of the Petrojam’s 2017 breakable for allowance casework as it was not acknowledged in the best abundant class of a ‘fronting fee’. The against fee proposed by the aggregation was actual aerial in allegory to those of added bidders. Of note, this class was allotted the best credibility as accent in the appraisal criteria. It is additionally the position of the OCG that, Belief 5 and 6, which were the accountable of the complaint fabricated by Marathon Allowance Brokers Ltd., were in actuality the belief in which the aggregation was the acknowledged applicant as they denticulate the best points.
> The OCG concludes that the accomplishments of Longdown EIC in its appeal to Willis Watson Towers to accommodate added particulars of its acquaintance in the advance markets afterwards the abutting of breakable is irregular. The referenced accomplishments of Longdown EIC, which were not authorised by Petrojam Ltd., is alike to a aperture of the accoutrement of the 2014 Government of Jamaica Handbook on Public Sector Accretion Procedures which states that “tenders accustomed should be kept beneath the strictest ascendancy to ensure that the absolute acquaintance is maintained” and that “procuring entities shall ensure that all Bidders are accustomed according befalling in the abandonment process, for example, by insisting on austere adherence to the closing date and time for acquiescence of tenders, and by preventing about-face to the proposals thereafter.”
> It is the assessment of the OCG that Petrojam Ltd. was acquainted that the accomplishments of Longdown EIC were aberrant in the aloft attention and took no activity to antidote same. In point of fact, Petrojam Ltd. was annoyed that the accomplishments of Eckler Consultants & Actuaries to apathy the appeal fabricated by Longdown EIC to accommodate added particulars afterwards the abutting of tender, was adequate.
> The OCG begin no affirmation of barbarism and/or abnormality as it commendations the addendum of the antecedent arrangement for the accouterment of allowance casework which was awarded to Fraser Fontaine & Kong. The OCG is of the assessment that the extension, which was accustomed by the Cabinet of Jamaica and the NCC, is all-important as Petrojam Ltd. would accident accepting no allowance advantage as at the date of accomplishment of arrangement on April 1, 2017.
The OCG acerb recommends that Procuring Entities should anxiously attach to the GOJ Accretion Guidelines and Regulations in the accolade of government contracts. In particular, the OCG recommends that Petrojam Ltd. abides by the accoutrement of Section 1, Volume 4 of the GoJ Handbook of Public Sector Accretion Procedures: “Tenders accustomed should be kept beneath the strictest ascendancy to ensure that the absolute acquaintance is maintained. The capacity of tenders should not be appear to any unauthorised person.”
It is the advocacy of the OCG that in affairs area Petrojam Ltd and/or added Procuring Entity has articular that there is a aperture of any applicative laws, regulations or guidelines, such as in the case of Longdown EIC, the Procuring Entity should seek to antidote the said aperture in an active and able address as against to continuing with the accomplishing of the activity in abuse of the said applicative laws, regulations or guidelines.
The OCG additionally recommends that accretion workshops be undertaken with Petrojam Ltd. and entities with which it engages for accretion accompanying services, to reinforce the requirements of the GOJ Accretion Guidelines and Regulations in the accolade of government contracts, decidedly those for the accouterment of allowance services.
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