Holness must act in the Petrojam disgrace
The shocking revelations of the report recently tabled in Parliament by the auditor general touching and concerning the operations of some employees of Petrojam, as well as its parent company the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), smacks of recklessness, negligence, and an abuse of taxpayers’ resources.
Can you imagine? Two surprise parties amounting to approximately $2.6 million for the former board chairman, Dr Perceval Bahado-singh, and the former minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley. How many needy citizens could benefit from that for their social development?
The cake for the former minister, which cost a whopping US$1,000, must have been lined with gold. What extravagance!
Wheatley’s ignorance is no excuse. He barely knew anything about what was happening at Petrojam, albeit it was his responsibility to know and act.
These concerned individuals were clearly a law unto themselves who made their own rules and implemented their own actions at the expense of us taxpayers.
Where was the permanent secretary in all of this?
How will this national disgrace be dealt with effectively? Time to change the narrative.
If Prime Minister Andrew Holness is really serious about accountability and transparency, then he must demonstrate it.
This madness requires application of swift and severe civil and criminal consequences for the reckless and corrupt individuals who are found culpable at the PCJ and Petrojam.
Dr Andrew Wheatley
Prime Minister Andrew Holness