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by Trevor Browne Lt Col
I refer to your Editorial of today’s date re: the ongoing quality of local roadworks. You correctly raise questions about the responsibility of contractors, engineers and the Ministry in these ongoing failures.
BAPE [Barbados Association of Professional Engineers] is surprised that you neglected to mention the very serious concerns which we raised at the commencement of the West Coast project – and which your news media highlighted last year.
At that time, we clearly outlined the poor management systems being used, and the clear LACK of proper engineering principles being applied in these projects by the Ministry. I have attached some relevant articles from your publication last year for your reference.
We would have thought that the news media – and that Barbados TODAY in particular, would now demand answers from the Ministry – and from the Minister, as to how these concerns which were raised by the Professional Engineering Body of Barbados had been addressed with respect to the West Coast Highway in particular.
It is clear (and BAPE has been constantly reiterating) that the current management of national infrastructure – both in executing new projects and in the maintenance of existing systems, is seriously flawed. Obviously the authorities are either incapable of addressing this serious weakness, or they are happy with the current mediocrity.
It is therefore incumbent on the media to explore the root causes of these failures and to educate the public and the relevant authorities accordingly, rather than continue to provide a public forum for the Ministry to make excuses and unrealistic promises when confronted with these failures.
Trevor Browne Lt Col (Retd) SCM is president of BAPE.