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JAMAICA | PNP, JLP at odds regarding allocations for billion dollar road work

PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson
KINGSTON, April 19, 2017 -  The People’s National Party (PNP) is again accusing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) with being palpably unfair regarding the distribution of allocations under a $3.2 billion road rehabilitation project.

The initiative is being implemented by the National Works Agency in 11 parishes. 

General Secretary of the PNP, Julian Robinson, is calling for the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) and the Political Ombudsman to launch a probe into the project.  
He contends that of the sum being spent, only $190 million has been allocated to Members of Parliament in two PNP controlled constituencies.
Mr. Robinson claims that this is significantly less than the $2.8 billion that has been allocated in 24 seats represented by the JLP.

"Now the issue is not whether work needs to be done in these constituencies, because work needs to be done in almost all 63 constituencies. The issue is how the funds are being allocated and the uneven nature of the allocations," Mr. Robinson asserted.

He drew similarities between this and the government's debushing and Labour Day programmes, arguing that "there is a very deliberate attempt by the government to allocate resources primarily to JLP Members of Parliament and to the exclusion of PNP MPs."

In response, State Minister with responsibility for Works, Everald Warmington, said the claim by the PNP that roads works are being undertaken in 24 JLP constituencies is erroneous.
He instead explained that there are 24 projects being implemented from an initial list of 69. In addition, he argued, "most of these projects are projects selected by them (the PNP) in constituencies that they have lost. We only constitute the programme that they had in place."  

Among the roads to be rehabilitated are Mona Road in St. Andrew; the main road from Retreat to Lambkin Hill in St. Mary; Sign to Virgin Valley in St. James; Toll Gate to Rest in Clarendon; and the Ocho Rios Bypass in St. Ann.

Last modified onThursday, 20 April 2017 07:33
  • Countries: Jamaica

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