PSOJ demands gov't justify decision to subsume PCJ operations

Howard Mitchell
The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) wants the government to provide justification for its decision to have the Energy Ministry take over the functions of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). 
PSOJ President Howard Mitchell said the organisation has taken note of the new direction but more information is needed about the decision, given critical developments in the global energy sector and that the PCJ is the company which manages the affairs of Petrojam.  
He said, while there has been talk that the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica is a statutory board and that the move is part of the government's programme to reduce the number of statutory boards, there needs to be more justification for the action being taken. 
Last Friday, Opposition Spokesman on Energy Phillip Paulwell expressed concern about the impending change.
He said the decision is ill-advised and will plunge Jamaica's energy sector into uncertainty.
Energy Minister Fayval Williams is to make a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday regarding the decision to subsume the functions of the PCJ.
The announcement of the closure was made Thursday during a staff  meeting at the PCJ.
In a media release on Monday, the Energy Minister said it was important that the workers were informed before a public pronouncement was made.
She said following the Cabinet decision to transfer the functions of  the PCJ, discussions were held with the Public Sector Transformation Implementation Unit in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service to determine the broad framework for action.
Mrs Williams said the PCJ remains open for business until the transition of functions is completed.

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