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No breach of articles in appointment of SDF Board, says Grange

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange says her appointment of the Board of Directors of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) is in keeping with the authority accorded as per the Articles of Incorporation.

Grange, in response to claims by Opposition spokesperson on sport Natalie Neita Headley that she had acted improperly in her appointment of the new board, said she did “Nothing of the sort”.

“I acted within the dictates of the Articles of Incorporation of the SDF,” the minister insisted in a statement a short while ago.

Grange on Monday announced the appointment of George Soutar as the board chairman, while Lloyd Pommells has been appointed deputy chairman. The other members are David Shirley, Molly Rhone, Donovan Bennett, Christopher Stokes, Annmarie Heron, Newton Amos and Compton Rodney.

At the time of that announcement, she said the new board will advance the Government's mandate to develop sport from the grassroots to the high performance level.

The appointments are for a period of two years with effect from November 12.

However, Neita Headley has argued that the appointment is in stark contravention of the articles of the SDF and serves only to politicise the entity.

Countering these arguments, Grange said: “It is obvious that it escaped the Opposition spokesperson that on June 11, 2018, the ownership of the SDF was transferred to the Accountant General in culmination of a process initiated by the Cabinet of which she was a member in July 2015. The intention was to identify all public companies that had registered shareholders/owners other than the Accountant General with a view to transferring those shares to the Government of Jamaica.”

She also highlighted that on May 17, the SDF registered its Articles of Incorporation with the Registrar of Companies and the Companies Office of Jamaica, noting that these new articles reflect the Government's ownership of SDF.

“Anyone looking on can see that I have indulged in no acts of politcisation as there has been little change of personnel in my re-appointment of the members of the SDF Board. It is unfortunate that the Opposition should issue a statement that has absolutely no basis in facts,” Grange concluded.

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