Barrack now to get money by June
Another timeline has been set for an end to the Al Barrack saga.
Describing the dispute between Government and the owner of the Warrens Office Complex as “a work in progress”, Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman told Barbados TODAY he was confident it would be settled by June at the latest.
He said he was dedicated to ensuring the contractor got the money due to him.
“When I was in Opposition I thought he was [treated unfairly], my comrades thought he was [treated unfairly], and now we’re in Government we have to live up to what we spoke about while in opposition,” Kellman insisted.
“We have all intentions of him being a happy man, but as you know matters like these are not [easily resolved].”
The dispute between Barrack and the Government came to a head last August when the contractor chained the doors of the Warrens Office Complex, prohibiting scores of civil servants from the various state agencies housed in the complex from entering.
Barrack had been awarded $34 million by the law courts eight years ago after suing the Government over the completion of the complex.
In November, he was paid $5 million and reports suggested he would have received another $8 million last month.
However, a source close to him said he had not received any additional monies.
Kellman told Barbados TODAY he was committed to seeing the issue through to the end.
“It was a very complex issue and I’m proud to say I’m happy with the position of my comrades in the Cabinet, the support they have given me, in trying to get this particular issue settled,” he said.
“I’m hoping we can solve it soon.”