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CMU Council chairman Hyacinth Bennett tight-lipped on whether she will resign

Hyacinth Bennett, Chairman of Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Council, has refused to say whether she will resign in the wake of the Auditor General's report which revealed rampant financial, procurement and human resource breaches at the institution. 
 
Mrs Bennett told RJR News that a meeting will be held on Wednesday with members of the Council.  
 
A statement is expected following the meeting.
 
Mrs Bennett said a revision of the operational system at the CMU will be conducted.
 
On Monday morning, she confirmed receiving the resignation of CMU Council member Roger Hinds.
 
Political commentator Shalman Scott has suggested that the entire CMU council should immediately resign in the wake of the findings of the Auditor General's probe.
 
Mr. Scott said the council members should resign, especially if they believe they have done nothing wrong, in order to allow for a thorough investigation. 
 
Abuse of public trust 
 
In the meantime, the Parliamentary Opposition has said the Auditor General's report highlights systemic and sustained abuse of public trust as well as severe dereliction of duty on the part of the CMU Council.
 
Opposition Spokesman on Education Peter Bunting said, while it is a given that all the CMU Council members should resign, their silence will not be acceptable.
 
According to Mr. Bunting, he looks forward to engaging members of the Council at Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to determine how they exercised oversight of the maritime university.
 
He said the concerns arising from the Auditor General's report and the lack of oversight by the Council have implications for the reputation and operations the CMU. 
 
 
 


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