09 February, 2008

Contracts to cronies, friends and fellow countrymen.

Cronies is a word that is closely associated to government contracts in this beloved country of ours. However fair the award of contracts goes there is always cause to draw flak by certain quarters. Some say unfairness and cry foul. Some report that bribery occurred and the system was not followed. However what is the real sacrifice and things to consider when awarding this contracts.

Honestly, it is easier to trust a friend than an absolute stranger. Now, don't kid our selves. That fact is very true. But as for the various contracts and tenders given for government projects there is what I can assume a lot at stake.

Development projects have their tentative datelines. A specific budget is already allocated. Hundreds of bids are submitted and none meets critical requirements. Well, it's just a scenario that I am sketching here but just bare with me and think for a bit. So come the eleventh hour all the bids seems dodgy. One quotes extreme prices while another quotes insanely low prices and a good portion does not have the pristine track record.

So what now? f I were in the board that awards these contracts and the project is critical for the people I would highly suggest someone that I dare to put my name on and deliver the project while meeting almost all the requirements. Lets just have good faith and accept that fact that there are many factors to consider.

However, there are somehow certain parties that take good opportunity like this to place their evil bid for quick cash. So humans do have to come to a decision but still certain things are out of the line of their sight. So what happens? Friends gets the contract.....but the friend is a maggot when it comes to business and runs a bullshit of a company.

So the question is....is it good to give the contracts to cronies, friends and unproven countrymen? Hmmmm....I find that a bit hard to answer.


2 comments:

moo_t said...

You must be joking.

Isn't there is a system for bidding with criteria to screen off the risk?

For the episode of cronies, if a company future livelihood are depends on how successful of such "partner", will you jeopardize it because they are your cronies but with a track record that UNABLE to deliver?

When come to real business, cronies will come LAST when it come to survival situation!

Don't you notice only BIG company with huge funds that afford to suffer loses has lots of cronies? Small companies just topples if they relies on cronies with unreliable delivery!

Rauff said...

Like I said it is just a scenario. There is a system to bid but there is always a way to bid the system. It can be that simple.