A $1 million T&T Electricity Commission (T&TEC) bill paid for the Prime Minister's Diplomatic Centre at St Ann's was only part of the outstanding $168 million owed by various Government ministries for projects and services at the end of March. The hefty electricity bill was part of the expenses owed to T&TEC for a one-year period after the PM's residence never received a bill upon completion. Sunday Guardian understands that between April and May chairman Jearlean John sent several requests for monies owed to Udecott on various projects and facilities management.
However, investigations reveal that up to the middle of June, they were only able to collect approximately $65 million, leaving some $96 million outstanding. A source said Udecott was being asked to make payments for certain projects and government ministries even though there were no formal contracts for facilities management. "There's supposed to be an agreement. It is stated clearly in the Uff report that funding for specific projects is not to be used to finance other projects. However, this is something that has been happening for some time and continues to happen," a source said. "What was happening is that if the directive came from on top you could not have said no."