Professor Trevor Munroe
The National Integrity Action (NIA) has called for the Integrity Commission and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) to conduct a probe into the multi-million dollar transaction involving the state run National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) and Peak Energy Solutions Limited.
The NIA's call follows Wednesday's revelation at Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) that Peak Energy Solutions was paid more than $12 million by NESol for work it claimed had been done on behalf of the entity.
The money was paid despite the absence of a contract.
In the wake of the NESol saga, NIA Executive Director Professor Trevor Munroe, said the authorities should treat issues of corruption at state agencies with priority and urgency, consistent with Jamaica's national security policy.
Professor Munroe also called for sanctions to be brought against persons culpable of improperly using public funds, instead of simply allowing them to resign or retire, and move on.
"The principle of equality before the law requires that persons with connections and persons with status be brought as promptly to justice as the man in the street with neither connection nor status," he asserted.