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to the prop­erty sale,”Mor­ri­son said.

The Of­fice of the Con­trac­tor Gen­eral has since been sub­sumed into the In­tegrity Com­mis­sion.

Mean­while, the PAAC was told that rev­enue flows into the cof­fers of the state-owned oil re­fin­ery, Petro­jam, have been sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced as a re­sult of an over­all re­duc­tion in the sale of petroleum prod­ucts.

In the orig­i­nal bud­get, Petro­jam had pro­jected to pull in $207 mil­lion in rev­enues, but this has been ad­justed to $92 mil­lion in the re­vised es­ti­mates.

The com­mit­tee was also ad­vised that the na­tional cen­sus that was ex­pected to be done by the Sta­tis­ti­cal In­sti­tute of Ja­maica this year has been pushed back to 2021 for com­ple­tion. Nearly $1 bil­lion for the cen­sus has been de­ferred to next year.

Bud­get al­lo­ca­tion to the Stu­dents’ Loan Bureau (SLB) amount­ing to $2.7 bil­lion has been de­ferred this fis­cal year.

Com­mit­tee Chair­man Dr Wyke­ham McNeill wanted to know if the SLB had suf­fi­cient funds to pro­vide loans to stu­dents in a year when many have been neg­a­tively im­pacted by COVID-19.

Mor­ri­son re­ported that the SLB cur­rently has $6.2 bil­lion in re­sources to meet what­ever de­mands that are made this year.

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