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PNPYO says job recruitment at some public agencies unethical, unconscionable

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) says it is appealing to the conscience of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government to allow the so-called prosperity to rebound to the benefit of all Jamaicans, “especially those who have played by the rules”.

According to the PNPYO, the level of cronyism and nepotism being practiced in some public agencies is a “bare faced attack on fairness and meritocracy by the Government, and sends a signal to young people that political loyalty will move you further up the ladder than your education ever will”.

The group, in a statement today, argued that many young Jamaicans sacrifice to complete their education, attain necessary qualification, and are still not able to find jobs, meanwhile reports continue to emerge of persons without the requisite skills and education landing high positions in the public service, the only criterion being political fealty.

“The PNPYO is particularly concerned about information emerging from testimony before the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), that some 24 qualified candidates had submitted applications for the position of executive director of the Universal Service Fund (USF), but the applications were thrown out in favour of someone with Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) membership who did not meet even a scintilla of the qualifications specified for the position.”

It added that the report at the PAAC indicated that applicants with masters and doctoral degrees in the technical areas applicable to the work of the USF were neither shortlisted nor considered to fill the post.

The PNPYO said “the continued under-employment of qualified young people, who feel they have very few options, if any at all, to eke out a living is unethical, unconscionable and a pathway to the complete erosion of hope and trust in the nation.

“We encourage young people to lend their voices to this call against cronyism and corruption which continue to run rampant in the Government of Jamaica. We must denounce it in the name of justice and fairness.”

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