The trinidad Guardian / Chairman of the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Nidco) Herbert George says everything was done above board when Nidco applied for a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) for the Manzanilla highway extension.
George made the statement in response to former transport minister Devant Maharaj writing the Integrity Commission calling for a probe on the CEC.
The Sunday Guardian contacted George last night to get his comment on the situation.
“I have no comment on Mr Maharaj’s call to the Integrity Commission for an investigation into the CEC for the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway Extension to Manzanilla,” George said.
“I guess that Mr Maharaj is exercising his right as a citizen, driven by a developed sense of propriety regarding the execution of public infrastructural development projects,” he said.
However, George said that Nidco acted in compliance at every level.
“As Chairman of Nidco charged with the responsibility of managing and delivering the completed highway project, I can state with truth and confidence that we have acted in compliance with statutory approval procedures and have secured all relevant statutory approvals pursuant to construction of the highway,” George stated.
“The CEC is one such approval, given by the EMA, subject to our having satisfied their requirements as stipulated in the EMA-issued terms of reference.”