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PNP rejects call for shadow Energy Minister to step down

Leader of the opposition People's National Party (PNP), Dr. Peter Phillips, has rejected a call from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), for Phillip Paulwell to be removed as Shadow Minister on Energy.
 
The opposition leader said that he   has full confidence in Mr. Paulwell and he will remain in the post.
 
In a news release yesterday, JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, said there have been resignations at the Ministerial, Board and Management level arising from the Petrojam scandal.
 
However, he said there has been no such accountability in relation to Mr. Paulwell, who served as energy minister for three of  the five years reviewed in the Auditor General's probe of  the state run oil refinery 
 
In addition to resigning as a spokesman, Dr. Chang wants Mr. Paulwell to recuse himself from deliberations of  Parliamentary oversight bodies which are likely to review the Auditor General's report.
 
Dr. Phillips said contrary to the JLP's statement, there is overwhelming evidence that during Mr Paulwell's tenure as Minister steps were taken to reduce the oil loss revenue to below industry standard, which was at 49,000 barrels when he demitted office. 
 
He said when the government changed, the losses were allowed to skyrocket to 184 thousand barrels.


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