PNP disingenuous in comments on request for PetroJam report, says OPM

Friday, June 22, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said that the People's National Party (PNP) has been disingenuous in it statements surrounding Cabinet's request for a report from Permanent Secretary in the Energy Ministry, Hillary Alexander on the operations of the state-run oil refinery, PetroJam.

Amidst a slew of corruption allegations against PetroJam, the PNP has called for the intervention of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Taskforce (MOCA) and insisted that Alexander should not conduct the "investigation".

“We wish to make it clear, that Cabinet has not asked the Permanent Secretary to undertake an investigation as some have asserted in the media. This false assertion, deliberate or mistaken, exemplifies why the Cabinet should seek to have accurate and complete information about operations at the Country's sole refinery,” the OPM said in a release today.

The OPM added that the permanent secretary is expected to compile relevant information and documentation which would already be in her domain of awareness and ambit of responsibility and that of the senior management of PetroJam.

“This will form the basis of a presentation to Cabinet at its next meeting by the permanent secretary and the senior management of Petrojam.”

The permanent secretary and Petrojam senior management are expected to give the report at a meeting on Monday.

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