Petrojam needs a political cleansing...quickly

Friday, July 06, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The recent contrived controversy at Petrojam throws into sharp focus the need for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to clean out that institution of People's National Party (PNP) 'hangovers' that were installed there for political reasons. Yes, clean them out!

One of the consequences of losing an election is that political appointees parading as civil servants should be removed forthwith. They do not share the interest of the Government, neither do they want to see the Government succeed.

Contrary to the views posited by many, thousands of public sector workers do not share the Government's agenda. This idea that all public sector workers are professional is absolute hogwash! Anybody with a brain in this country knows that many of them are political appointees, posing as public servants, with no interest other than to get the PNP back into power.

As a matter of fact, a lot of these so-called public sector workers openly campaign for the PNP at election time. We all see them. People like those cannot and will never be objective and will never share the Government's vision of a better Jamaica under Labour. Petrojam is one such cesspool of political appointees and must be cleaned up. Fire these people who have no interest in fixing anything but to keep their jobs and sabotage the Government. Bruce Golding failed to do that in the last JLP Administration, and Labour felt it at the polls. You cannot have so many politically appointed leftovers at a critical institution such as Petrojam.

The crisis at Petrojam right now is not the making of Andrew Wheatley, and this JLP Administration is being snared by it. For many years, under the PNP, there have been stories of corruption and nepotism at the institution. We all hear the stories of who got what, when, where and how. Nothing was done about it.

The issue I have with the JLP is that they should have come to the country and outlined the crookedness engulfing Petrojam. If they had done so, the current crisis wouldn't have turned out the way it has.

Petrojam not only needs an investigation into corruption, but also a political cleansing. So many institutions in this country need a political cleansing in order for Jamaica to move forward. Too many PNP hangovers are sitting in Government stifling the agenda and creating all sorts of mischief, even leaking information to the Opposition PNP. These people need to go and allow others who share the Government's view of a prosperous Jamaica to get the job.

Fabian Lewis

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