Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has warned the new board of state-owned oil refinery Petrojam that the process for hiring a new manager must be a competitive one.
Mr. Holness, who now has responsibility for the energy portfolio, issued the warning during a visit to Petrojam on Friday.
General Manager Floyd Grindley left the post amid allegations of mismanagement, corruption and cronyism at the entity.
Telroy Morgan has been appointed to Act as General Manager in the interim.
Mr. Holness said the search for a new general manager is part of the restructuring of the entity.
There have been concerns about the hiring practices at Petrojam, with the qualifications of its human resources manager, Yolande Ramharrack, called into question.
In the meantime, members of the commission that will spearhead the strategic review of operations at Petrojam, will have three to four months to complete the exercise and submit their findings.
The members are expected to be named by next week.
Mr. Holness said the review is among several interventions by the Government that are designed to ensure that Petrojam remains viable, thereby safeguarding jobs and Jamaica's energy security.
The Prime Minister told Petrojam workers that the refinery is among his top priorities, so he will oversee operations at the entity at least until the strategic review is complete.