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Phillips wants Auditor General to probe sale of Bernard Lodge lands

Featured  Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips
KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 2, 2019: Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, has asked the Auditor General to shine the searchlight on the sale of prime farming lands in Bernard Lodge, St. Catherine. The lands, which were occupied by farmers, are to be sold to developers for housing projects.

Dr. Phillips formally wrote to the Auditor General Mrs. Pamela Monroe-Ellis on April 30, 2019, requesting that a comprehensive audit of the operations and performance of the Sugar Company of Jamaica Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries, including its governance arrangements be commenced.

He is also calling for a performance and compliance audit of the processes and procedures employed by the SCJH in the divestment of lands under its control and particularly in relation to the Bernard Lodge project.

The Opposition Leader was compelled to write to the Auditor General as the Government of Jamaica’s proposed review of the plan for the Bernard Lodge New City Project was not far reaching.

Dr. Phillips pointed out that numerous concerns and complaints about the transparency and fairness of the divestment process have been expressed by the farming community, including farmers who previously occupied the Bernard Lodge lands, and the wider public.

The Opposition Leader told the AG that he strongly believes that these concerns and complaints require urgent attention, particularly having regard to the scale of this undertaking and the irreversibility of the impact that will inevitably accompany a land development project of this type.

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