KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Seventy–one packages in three large plastic bags revealed just under 194-pounds of cocaine Wednesday night in a container ship at outer anchorage in the Kingston harbour, according to a release from the Jamaica Customs Agency.
The cocaine, which the agency says was the second major seizure in jus ...more »
I don't believe that I am in the minority when I state that I am very confused with the inconsistency that surrounds the selection of the bidders for the much-needed 360-megawatt energy project. I need not underscore that without consistency on the part of the Government we send the wrong message to both the governed (populace) in respect of lawful compliance to law and order, and to prospective investors (both local and overseas) in terms of growing the economy and providing jobs.
The government entities responsible for furthering this worthwhile and necessary energy project are the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) and the Office of the Contractor General (OCG). The perception given is that the OUR did not do its homework, with the result that the first and second bidders are quite questionable. The general public is left confused with little pertinent information, and they wonder where does the honourable minister for energy, Philip Paulwell, fit into this whole mess.
The confusion can be boiled down to this: How is it that those concerned (OUR, OCG) find it difficult to be on the same page in respect of compliance with procedures that would ensure integrity, transparency and lack of corruption? Even if the Cabinet were to depart from the procedure, thereby apparently ignoring the caution of the OCG, would this departure not also muddy the waters of transparency and leave in the minds of the governed the perception that some "back door deal a gwaan?" Furthermore, what mixed messages are we sending to prospective overseas investors who were recently encouraged by the prime minister that "Jamaica is open for business"?
Governing by consistent, open policies and procedures will contribute to the growth, economic and otherwise, that we desperately need in order to lift this beloved country of ours to another level -- far removed from the proverbial "Banana Republic"! If we decide to be regulated by the instruments the Government has established, we should not then hinder their performance unless the appropriate legislation is enacted to alter said instruments.
Donald J Reece
Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston
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