'Youthful exuberance has matriculated to older incredulity'
Jamaica Observer online readers have weighed in on Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell's reaction to a decision by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to withhold funding from the 360-megawatt project amid concerns over the bidding process. Addressing journalists Tuesday, Paulwell said that IDB's position was a "a damnation on the country". Here are some edited comments.
Again I ask, what are we as a nation prepared to do about the affairs of our country? Are we going to sit back and continue to "blame politicians" as they run our country deeper into the ground and inflict irreparable damage to our international credibility?
Should our only response be to come online and blog? Gauge the anger of the people based on the number of comments to articles like these and the sentiments expressed. Is that really it, while pockets are being lined with gold?
Thank you, Jesus, finally an honest appointed official. The real question is, what was the company promised for being awarded the contract? Better yet, ah who fah palm get greased, and we nuh know bout it?
So Paulwell is stunned... IDB is critical of the selection process of EWI. OCG said it was bad, Paulwell dismissed OCG as rubbish. He cannot dismiss the white men at IDB...they are bigger and badder than Paulwell. Dem hold the handle. Why can't we not do things right? Now suddenly his hand is pure, and it's everyone else's fault. Youthful exuberance has matriculated to older incredulity, and he has the gall to be defending EWI. Wonder why.
The Inter-American Development Bank is not stupid, and neither are we Jamaicans. The process which allowed Energy World International to be chosen after the bidding process was closed must be thoroughly investigated, and the findings of this investigation must be reported to the Jamaican people.
kgn 13 yute
The water seems to be murky, some of the players won't step in.
You should see it as damning of the corrupt practices of this PNP Government in selection of contractors, or more precisely the default selection of certain contractors under questionable circumstances. The gov't might think it is the norm to show irresponsibility with taxpayer revenue, but the IDB don't toss money without exercising careful analysis of how the funds they offer might be spent and the circumstances of risk if there is suspect shady practice. IDB is not going to facilitate any "cat in bag agreement".
Dear Mr Minister, this time you are 100% right. The IDB refusing to finance the project because of the way EWI was chosen is very worrying. Mr. Minister, what you don't understand is that the blame, sir, is 100% at your feet. This is not something done by anyone else. This mess is directly as a result of your intervention in the process.
Lennox E Wallace
It's not an indictment on Jamaica, Mr Paulwell. It is an indictment on the way you and the PNP flout the law to get what you want.
This is a man's job.
Paulwell stunned?! Finally a recognised entity has caught his attention, it seems. How many previous contracts were awarded in similar manner?
Ineptitude, incompetency, impotency and uselessness are words which describe the minister and this government.
Minister Paulwell is only stunned because he still has his job.
No, Mr Paulwell, it's a damnation on your skill set. The NETSERV comes to mind. I wonder if the PM has it within her to put you out of your misery?
Is this now mid-life exuberance?