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Phillips calls for oversight mechanism to prevent misuse of public funds

Dr. Peter Phillips
 
Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips wants a civil society oversight mechanism established to prevent the use of public funds for political purposes. 
 
He made the call during his presentation in the budget debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday. 
 
Dr. Phillips said corruption in public life has become an albatross around the necks of Jamaicans.
 
He pointed to particular entities he said are especially in need of monitoring.
 
"I want to suggest the engagement of institutions like National Integrity (Action), the churches and others to look at those agencies who seem to have an excess of cash and are being used as slush funds. Agencies that come to mind (are) like TEF, Chase, Civil Aviation, Universal Service Fund and Petrojam," he suggested. 
 
He also wants the government to use the best talent available for public administration by appointing non-partisan, qualified persons to sit on the boards of Selected Public Enterprises as a matter of policy.
 


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