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PAC Chairman requests urgent meeting to examine Petrojam report

It could be another 30 days before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) takes a look at the recently released auditor general's report on Petrojam.   

PAC Chairman, Mark Golding, had requested an urgent meeting of  the Committee for tomorrow.However, he says government members of  the committee have not agreed.

Reports of  irregularities at Petrojam first surfaced during meetings of  the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee during the summer.

Revelations at the meetings sparked calls for several probes at the entity, one of  which was the investigation by the Auditor General's Department.

And details on how the Prime Minister intends to deal with the Petrojam scandal are expected to emerge at a news conference scheduled for 9:30 this morning.

Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips has also called a news conference for 11am to address the Auditor General's Report on Petrojam. 

 Meanwhile,  the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP)  Central Executive is of  the view that the Auditor-General's report on Petrojam should be sent to the Public Accounts Committee as soon as possible.

The matter was discussed at a meeting of  the central executive yesterday.

A news release from the JLP says the central executive affirmed that maintenance of  public trust in state entities is crucial and instances of  misuse of  public funds and nepotism should not go unsanctioned. 

 

Petrojam workers

Workers at Petrojam are reportedly hurting from the harsh public criticism following the release of  the Petrojam report.

General Secretary of  the Union of  Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees, John Levy, says the employees believe they are being wrongly accused of  impropriety at the entity.

“It’s a very high risk environment, it’s an explosive environment and the people are not happy with the kind of negative connotations and innuendos that have bene placed out there. Their families are concerned, and the people who are doing it must stop . They have no evidence that the workers are doing anything….these are committed, professional people,” he said.  

According to Levy , what is needed is a proper management and oversight structure at Petrojam.



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