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$60-million 'verbal contract' outrageous; sanctions must apply!

Friday, September 14, 2018

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Dear Editor,

National Integrity Action (NIA), along with all well-thinking Jamaicans, is greatly concerned and increasingly alarmed at the extent of blatant breaches being revealed during recent hearings of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of basic good governance procedures designed to safeguard public money against nepotism and corruption.

Most recently, the existence of a so-called “verbal contract” for $60 million issued to Peak Energy Solutions Limited by National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) is an outrage.

It is absolutely unacceptable that executives and board members who appear culpable simply resign or retire with no sanction whatsoever for grossly improper, unethical, and possibly illegal conduct with whatever questionable gains they may have acquired during their tenure.

The principle of equality before the law requires that persons with powerful connections and high status be brought as promptly to justice as the man in the street who has neither connections nor status.

We need to remind ourselves that Jamaica's National Security Policy identifies corruption as the number one “clear and present danger” to our country's national security and our people's economic prosperity. As such, not only NIA, but all citizens of goodwill must demand that the relevant authorities, in particular, the Integrity Commission, and the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), and other bodies, treat as the number one priority the initiation and completion of investigations related to Petrojam, Universal Service Fund, NESOL, and Peak Energy Solutions Limited. Thereafter, where appropriate, Jamaica's prosecutorial services and judiciary need to deal with cases of corruption with the priority and urgency consistent with Jamaica's National Security Policy.

Trevor Munroe

Executive Director

National Integrity Action

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