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PCJ functions to be subsumed into Energy Ministry

Opposition Spokesman on Mining and Energy Phillip Paulwell; John Levy, General Secretary of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), speaking with Dadrian Gordon on RJR's Beyond the Headlines on Friday
 
News is emerging that the functions of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) are to be subsumed into the Ministry of Energy.
 
In a release Friday afternoon, the Parliamentary Opposition said the announcement of the closure was made Thursday in a staff meeting at the PCJ.
 
Opposition Spokesman on Mining and Energy Phillip Paulwell has said he is concerned about the impending change and taken aback by "the entire process by which the government could take such a crucial decision." 
 
He said Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Energy Minister Faval Williams should provide an immediate justification of the Cabinet's decision. 
 
"I recall having asked certain questions of the minister, based on the rumours that persisted and those questions were really not answered, so I'm very disappointed. I hope that adequate provisions are being made for the staff members and that we'll get a full statement in Parliament next Tuesday," he said. 
 
Mr. Paulwell argued that the decision for the PCJ to be subsumed into the Ministry is ill-advised and will plunge Jamaica's energy sector into uncertainty. 
 
He said such a decision should not have been made without consultations with stakeholders, the Opposition and "some notification should have been given to the parliament that this was being pursued." 


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