Screen_Shot_2014-06-19_at_8.24.23_PMIf we take another look at the upgrade of the airstrip project here in the Orange Walk District, we have to note that the contractor for the work at the airstrip is the infamous Imer Hernandez, nephew of Minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega. Hernandez was recently announced to have won the contract for the paving of the first mile of road work on the Phillip Goldson Highway that passes within the town; therefore, the question had to be made to the Minister about why Hernandez has once again been awarded another contract within the Orange Walk District. It is hard not to suspect that it is due to his family ties with the contractor. Here is what the Minister responded.

 

Gaspar Vega – Minister of Natural Resources


“I think him being my relative most naturally helps but not just because he is my relative he is getting the job, I am certain that he gets the job because he gets the capacity, he has proven to deliver good work, it is as simple as that.”


Reporter


“But, are the people who issued the contracts compelled to choose him, is there a directive that says that you have to give this job to Imer because he stays in my backyard?”


Gaspar Vega – Minister of Natural Resources


“No, not really like this I had nothing to do with this, this is completely out of my reach, I just want to tell you that no matter what happens people will always have their own conclusions, all I am saying is that I didn’t had anything to do with it I am certain that he does a good job and that is why he gets the contracts, you have those guys who cannot finish a job to Yo Creek, who can’t finish the job to Progresso, San Estevan nobody speaks about that those subcontracts Imer supposed to do some work for him it must be that he is doing a good work.”


As we mentioned before, the work is expected to commence on Monday of next week.

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