A construction company, who the Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL) owes a little over $850,000 in unpaid fees, has applied to a court for the State-owned special purpose company’s financial records.
Lawyers representing Benchmark Construction Limited filed the application after they demanded the court-ordered payment and were not paid.
According to the court filings, obtained by Guardian Media in July last year, the company filed a lawsuit against EFCL over the money, which represents its payment for repairs it performed on schools.
Lawyers representing EFCL chief executive Phillip Knaggs registered an appearance in the case but failed to file a defence.
The company’s lawyer Arnold Ram applied for a default judgment which was granted in January.
Although the judgment was registered against EFCL, it failed to pay.
In the application, the company is seeking EFCL’s bank records, records of its fleet of vehicles, and information on its contractual obligations.
A date for the hearing on the application is yet to be finalised.
The legal proceedings brought by the company comes months after another contractor levied against EFCL over a $1 million debt in February.
Court marshalls, bailiffs, and lawyers for Penal-based GM Transport Company Limited went to the State-company’s headquarters at Long Circular Road, in Maraval, to seize property, which would be auctioned off to recoup the money owed.
The company took the action after EFCL promised to pay the debt but missed several extended deadlines.
Questioned at the time over EFCL’s financial and legal woes, Knaggs referred the issue to Education Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.
In a response, Gadsby-Dolly said her ministry and the Ministry of Finance were aware of the situation and were working on addressing it.
The company is also being represented by Varun Debideen.