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JAMAICA | Opposition's comments on Petrojam probe disingenuous, says OPM

Featured Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), says the Parliamentary Opposition has been disingenuous in its comments in the wake of the Cabinet's request for a report on the operations of the state-run oil refinery Petrojam.
 
The Opposition PNP has been calling for the Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Taskforce (MOCA) to be brought in to help investigate allegations of corruption at the refinery.
 
Following comments made by National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang during a media interview Thursday, the OPM issued a statement Friday morning reiterating that Ms Alexander has not been asked to carry out an investigation.
 
The OPM said the Permanent Secretary has been asked to prepare a report on matters of concern and the various allegations that are in the public domain regarding Petrojam.
 
The Permanent Secretary and the senior management of Petrojam are to make a presentation at the meeting of the Cabinet on Monday.
 
The OPM said as the country awaits the Auditor General's findings, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet seek to have a more in-depth understanding of the allegations and issues affecting the oil refinery.
 
According to the Prime Minister's office, this is in order to give better guidance to the newly appointed board, immediately correct any policy gaps, administrative shortcomings, or governance weaknesses that may exist and to secure accurate information for the public on matters of concern.
 
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips has said the carrying out of a forensic audit at Petrojam should be the first order of business for the Board of Directors.
                          
Dr. Phillips, who was speaking at a function in Manchester on Thursday, said the results of the audit should be made public.                      
Three new Jamaican directors were appointed this week.
 
Dr. Phillips argued that the country is in the midst of a crisis of corruption, which has chipped away at the trust of Jamaicans and this needs to be restored. 
 
There has been public outrage about millions paid by Petrojam to two firms under questionable circumstances, cost overuns for a construction project, millions in donations and the high staff  turnover.
  • Countries: Jamaica

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