The National, Thursday 11th April, 2013
DUE to a dispute with the National Housing Commission (NHC), the building contractor of the completed accommodation at Gerehu has not handed over the keys to the Nurses Association.
If the contractor believes he is owed his
dues, he has the right to bring it to arbitration.
Similarly, the NHC can do the same if it thinks it
is being overcharged by the contractor.
In most building contracts, it is usually the president of the Institute of Architect who will act as the arbitrator.
There will be an independent assessor to value the claims and resolve the issue.
If awarded the variation, the contractor is
also entitled to claim interest on the outstanding amount.
The client, in this case the Nurses Association, should not be penalised because the administrator of the contract is engaged in a tug-of-war with the contractor.
This is usually the case when there is no transparency in the awarding of government contracts.