In an address to Parliament which started approximately 10:30 pm last night, Prime Minister Holness updated the Parliament and country on steps taken by the Cabinet on issues in the public domain on the Petrojam matter.
It’s the second consecutive marathon day by Prime Minister Holness in dealing with the matter. On Monday the Cabinet met until approximately 11:00 pm dealing with Petrojam issues.
In Parliament last night, Prime Minister Holness made a statement and took questions from Members of Parliament up to approximately 11:45 pm in a move to ensure the stakeholders and public are updated.
“The Government hears and understands the concerns expressed in the public domain and is sensitive to the impact that allegations of corruption have on public confidence as well as on the value, effectiveness and efficiency of Petrojam as a public entity,” declared the Prime Minister.
In responding to questions from his Parliamentary colleagues just before midnight in the marathon sitting of the House, Prime Minister Holness said the Cabinet is engaged in getting the facts about the matters at Petrojam.
“The Government appreciates that the public needs to be constantly informed and assured of accurate information. Due diligence will be given to this matter. We are engaged in a process of fact-finding,” said Prime Minister Holness.
He added, “definitive actions are being taken to ensure Government policies and systems of accountability are protected. The Cabinet is committed to transparency and accountability.”
The Prime Minister also assured Parliament and the country that in short order he will inform the country of more specific actions being taken by the Cabinet.
And in response to the prime ministet, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips strongly rejected the position taken by the Prime Minister in relation to the Petrojam situation.
During the Parliamentary sitting last night, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips complained that the statement given by the Prime Minister fell way below what is expected under the circumstances.
MOCA stepped into Petrojam following calls from the parliamentary Opposition for the investigative body to probe corruption at the oil refinery. The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and other private-sector groups also called for a forensic audit at Petrojam and the Universal Service Fund.
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