The prefect Carlos Luis Morales ratified the unilateral term of the contract with the Dredging Service of the Ecuadorian Navy on Monday and ordered the inspector of the work to “refrain from approving any spreadsheet”, in addition to handing him “a detailed status of the case until Thursday 23 “.
Morales, whose duties began on Wednesday 15, said the Prefecture building will remain closed for 60 days or more, and announced that the Deloitte firm is in charge of an audit regarding the previous administration.
In an 8-minute press conference, in which he did not accept questions from the press, the official -who was the news anchor- said that a financial, administrative and labor examination is under way, and that it covers the state of affairs. machinery and the facilities of the body’s headquarters.
“The cash balance that I received on the first day I assumed does not represent the magnitude of the management that the Government of Guayas needs and deserves,” said the new provincial authority.
Morales succeeds Jimmy Jairala. He was prefect between July 2009 and December 2018. He left office five months before the end of his second term, for his candidacy to mayor of Guayaquil. In that time, Monica Becerra was the prefect.
On April 18, 2018, Jairala signed the dredging contract with the Navy Dredging Service, after a failed process. The planned investment is $ 58,814,502 for the removal of 4.5 million cubic meters of sediment from the Guayas River around the island of El Palmar, with a two-year term. But over the course of twelve months there have been adjustments.
Morales assured that the studies have not been adequate and that the dredge has not arrived. He estimated that the tasks could be contracted at a lower cost and pointed out that he expects to “convene under a legal, transparent modality and with suitable prices the respective new contest to undertake the execution of such necessary work”.
On April 20, almost a month after winning the election under the auspices of the PSC, Morales announced that when he took office, the contract would end. Days before, the still mayor Jaime Nebot, leader of the PSC, made the pronouncement on his behalf.
Before leaving, Morales invited the press to visit the facilities of the Prefecture. His assistants directed journalists to the terrace of the five-story building, where there is an electronic system control booth. A panel of electronic cards was observed and close to this a refrigerator. The comment of the servers was that there had adapted a kind of suite.
“The physical condition of the facilities is lamentable,” Morales had said, as he read a statement, which also included the announcement of the concession of the Jujan-Babahoyo-Quevedo-Puebloviejo highway, in a coordinated plan with his Los Rivers.
Prefect Carlos Luis Morales announced Monday the concession of the road Jujan-Babahoyo-Quevedo-Puebloviejo, a day after his visit to Jujan, about the local festivities.
In the 60 days of the closing of the Prefecture, Morales foresees the installation of systems similar to those used by the administration of the Municipality of Guayaquil, with the purpose of implementing in the other cantons of Guayaquil the delivery of tablets and books or installation of free internet.
The statement that Morales read also alluded to the workers of the institution. “They do not have to worry if they have worked fulfilling their duties and within the law,” he said.
He also noted that the number and state of the machinery and equipment of the Provincial Council “was being verified by suppliers and technicians.” He added that “the situation of suppliers, contractors and those related to the economic and financial turn of the entity” will be established. (I)