During the last sitting of the Public Administrations and Appropriations Committee of Parliament (PAAC), the spotlight continued on agencies within the former Science, Energy and Technology portfolio.
Based on the questions raised by the PNP’s shadow minister on Science and Energy, Mr Phillip Paulwell, the National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) and eGov should appear before the PAAC to answer questions tabled on their operations as there are mounting concerns relating to expenditure and the travel of the eGov chairman to Estonia, among other issues.
NESOL, which is another agency under the domain of Minister Andrew Wheatley, with responsibility for creating new energy solutions to expand the reach of electricity supply to rural areas, is alleged to have wasted huge sums of public funds in numerous activities without the requisite approval.
While there is a criminal investigation surrounding two NESOL employees, reports from eGov indicate that there has been a rapid increase in staff turnover the past two years, and that the work environment continues to deteriorate amidst widening uncertainty and fear.
Opposition Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell has asked through the PAAC chairman that the representatives of eGov be invited to the committee to provide answers to questions relating to management of the agency, including meetings of the board, the contractual arrangement with a well-known disbarred attorney, the sudden termination of major employment contracts, the expenditure on retreats and overseas travels of the agency’s leadership.
With clear and proven evidence that Minister Andrew Wheatley has failed to manage the former Science and Technology portfolio at an acceptable standard, questions must be raised about all agencies under the ambit of his portfolio.
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