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ONLINE READERS COMMENT: PCJ, Petrojam — A law unto itself and a national disgrace

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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Dear Editor,

It is remarkable that the former human resource manager, Yolande Ramharrack, who was expected to adhere to the policies and guidelines of her company, and to exercise accountability, transparency and the highest level of integrity, hired her inexperienced and unqualified sibling.

Can you imagine? Two surprise parties amounting to approximately $2.6 million for the former board chairman, Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh, and the former minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley. How many needy citizens could benefit from that for their social development?

It appears that the cake for the former minister, which costed a whopping US$1,000, was lined with gold. What extravagance?

Wheatley contributed to this national disgrace that brought these agencies into disrepute due to his wanton omission, unfathomable ignorance, and striking level of negligence and incompetence. This must be emphasised.

He barely knew anything about what was happening at Petrojam, albeit it was his responsibility to know and act.

These concerned individuals were clearly a law unto themselves who made their own rules and implemented their own actions at the expense of us taxpayers.

Where was the permanent secretary in all of this? How will this national disgrace be dealt with effectively?

Time to change the narrative. If Prime Minister Andrew Holness is really serious about accountability and transparency, then he must demonstrate it.

This madness requires application of swift and severe civil and criminal consequences for the reckless and corrupt individuals who are found culpable at the PCJ and Petrojam.

Dujon Russell

See auditor general's full report on Petrojam:

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