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JAMAICA | Phillips wants PM to name new Science & Technology Minister

Featured Opposition Leader and President of the PNP Dr. Peter Phillips Opposition Leader and President of the PNP Dr. Peter Phillips
Kingston, Jamaica, August 2, 2018: The Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips says adequate time has now passed since the resignation of Dr. Andrew Wheatley as Minister of Science and Technology for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to provide the nation with information regarding his replacement and future direction and control of the Ministry.

Dr. Phillips said it is highly unusual for a Prime Minister to say absolutely nothing to the country on the occasion of a Ministerial resignation and to announce what are the new arrangements for the continuation of the work of important institutions and agencies which fall under the Ministry.

“Is the country to assume that all agencies, departments and subjects are now subsumed in the over-loaded Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, as seems to be the usual strategy in recent times?” Dr Phillips asked.

The Opposition has had cause over the past few weeks to highlight the haphazard manner in which the affairs of both the government and the Parliament were being conducted by the Holness administration. The treatment of the people of Jamaica in this particular matter is nothing short of disrespectful and arrogant.

Earlier today, it was announced that the Chairman of the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) tendered his resignation and that board is now without leadership, and left to media speculation as to who will be acting as chairman and what provisions are being made to ensure that the work of this important regulatory body, critical to the technology and the telecommunications sector can continue without interruption.

“Three days is sufficient time for the Prime Minister to tell the nation of his plans in relation to the governance of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Consequently, I call on him to immediately provide the nations with details of his decision on the future of the Ministry, its departments and agencies and to assure the nation that its business being given the seriousness it deserves.” Dr Phillips said.

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Last modified onFriday, 03 August 2018 03:02
  • Countries: Jamaica

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