Transport Ministry spends €60 million on direct orders in 3 years

The Transport Ministry has dished out almost €60 million in direct orders in the last three years, an analysis conducted by The Shift shows.

Infrastructure Malta and Transport Malta, both government agencies that fall under Minister Borg’s responsibility, were by far the biggest public spenders.

Infrastructure Malta, led by Fredrick Azzopardi, a former Labour councillor and Enemalta chairman under whom the scandalous Electrogas and Montenegro wind farm deals were negotiated, distributed a staggering €34.5 million in direct orders between 2018 and 2020. The agency is currently facing the ire of activists and residents protesting against a new road in Dingli.

Transport Malta, led by Joseph Bugeja – a technocrat appointed by Ian Borg – spent almost €16 million on direct orders.

The General Workers Union (GWU) was one of the main beneficiaries.  It was paid hundreds of thousands of euros for the renting of its premises at the A3 Towers used by the transport agency. In addition, a company called Paola Estates, which is fully owned by the GWU was paid €500,000 for ‘other’ rent-related expenses, including the payment of hefty water and energy bills.

The union’s lawyer, as well as Konrad Mizzi’s personal lawyer, Aron Mifsud Bonnici, received €254,942 for legal fees and other services related to the Ministry and its entities.

Transport Malta also issued over 50 direct orders to the same company to hire ‘clerical services. Registered in 2018, B&A Manpower Company Ltd has been paid over €1.5 million over three years to provide the transport agency with clerical staff. This system is usually used to bypass recruitment procedures in a political system in which clientelism and nepotism are rife.

Saviour Balzan, the Executive Director and owner of Malta Today, is being paid for assisting Minister Ian Borg in his public relations efforts. Balzan, through his parallel commercial entity Business 2 Business Ltd, signed three contracts with Ian Borg to work on the ministry’s media strategy – all were direct orders. So far, he has pocketed €50,400 from these contracts.

William Lewis, organising secretary of the Labour Party, received at least €200,000 from direct orders issued by entities falling under the Transport Ministry, apart from additional hundreds of thousands of euros he was paid through Infrastructure Malta.

Another architect, Frank Muscat, was given over 15 direct orders in three years for work and advice on various public infrastructure projects. Borg’s Ministry alone paid him €272,942.

The research was based on direct orders published in the Government Gazette over the years.

                           
                               
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Rachel Williams
Rachel Williams
2 months ago

Next step would be to determine if Ian Borg was in receipt of any of these funds. Would also be interesting to know if the contractors en’trusted’ with ‘doing’ the roads and us have a special relationship with Mr Borg.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
2 months ago

Are you actually entertaining the idea that all these direct orders were made in the sole interest of the country? Such rampant abuse reflects poorly not only on our politicians but on our people who allow it.

Melissa Bagley
Melissa Bagley
2 months ago

These special relationships must be investigated. The recipients of these direct orders may also be donating a chunk of the money awarded towards political campaigns, etc. There must be a link.

Time to open the public books for scrutiny.

M.Galea
M.Galea
2 months ago
Reply to  Melissa Bagley

Tjme to investigate Ministers.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
2 months ago

Tista ma taqbilx maghna izda jekk taqbel sa taghmel hafna, hafna flus. Classical example of the sick feeding off the sick.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
2 months ago

Saviour Balzan with Jeremy Boissevain. His “Friend and Mentor” would have been so proud!
https://youtu.be/T0oEEpNmpW0

Henry s Pace
Henry s Pace
2 months ago

Its all sharing the country’s wealth between them.
Malta taghhom ilkoll.

M.Galea
M.Galea
2 months ago

Dak hu Ian Borg! X ma jistinkax biex jaghmel t toroq! U d dundjani jifirhu ghax jghidilhom dan kollu ghalik!

Joseph
Joseph
2 months ago

Massive Concrete roads contrators

M C Xuereb
M C Xuereb
2 months ago

How lucky they are to get paid abundantly unlike the front liners denied strikes for job improvements. ? These all happened in hard covid times.

KD Far
KD Far
2 months ago

Jien nsaqsi mela kemm jithallsu tajjeb il-Ministri biex wara ftit snin ikollu villa bil-pool g’ODZ?

Last edited 2 months ago by KD Far

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