Meadows calls on Gov’t to clarify position on JPS
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former Jamaica Labour Party senator Dennis Meadows has expressed concern about what he calls conflicting policy positions on the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) monopoly, emanating from the government.
According to Meadows, statements in the press, attributed to senior advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Carlton Davis, runs counter to Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell's stated policy position of breaking the JPS monopoly.
Meadows said that Paulwell publicly advised that he has the full backing of Cabinet in his quest to break the monopoly. He added that breaking the JPS monopoly was a stated policy in the PNP’s manifesto leading up to the last general elections.
Meadows was one of three claimants who successfully mounted a challenge against the JPS's exclusive license.
He has called on the Prime Minister to “shed some light” on what is the official policy position on the matter.
“If there is a change in policy, the PM must state so in order to avoid any confusion among potential investors. These conflicting positions feed the perception that there is a lack cohesion in the functioning of the government,” said Meadows.