Phillip Edward Alexander
By Prior Beharry
THE Citizens Union of Trinidad and Tobago (CUTT) is threating legal action over the failure of the Ministry of Public Administration and Digital Transformation to release information on the outfitting of No 3 Alexandra Street, St Clair.
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has an interest in the property and on numerous occasions has said that he has recused himself from cabinet deliberations on it. The building is owned by his family.
In a letter dated December 16, 2020, Phillip Edward Alexander, the founder of CUTT, said he has received no reply on a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
The letter was sent to the Minister of Public Administration of Digital Transformation by attorney Matthew Gayle.
The request wanted details of the estimated $20 million spent on the outfitting and customisation of the leased building at No 3 Alexandra Street, St Clair.
Alexander made the application on November 3, 2020 and has given the ministry until January 15, 2021 to provide the requested information.
In his FOIA request, Alexander asked for copies of:
- The request for proposal (RFP) for the customisation and outfitting of the building;
- The bill of quantities for the customisation and outfitting of the building;
- The specification and drawing for the customisation and outfitting of the building;
- The notice of tender published in the newspapers for outfitting contractors to legally bid.