JAMAICA'S Contractor General Dirk Harrison will deliver the keynote address at the annual reunion dinner of the Kingston College Old Boys' Association next month.
The dinner will be held on Saturday, November 16 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew, starting with cocktails at 6:30 pm, followed by the formal event at 7:30.
Harrison, a Jamaica College old boy who represented that school at cricket as a member of the James 'Jimmy' Adams-led Sunlight Cup team of the 1980s, has been in the spotlight in recent months.
He is expected to speak on national issues affecting Jamaicans and will likely enlighten the audience about the role that the contractor general's office plays in helping to stamp out corruption that has dogged this society for several decades.
Addressing an awards luncheon for justices of the peace in St Ann last week, Harrison reaffirmed his office's commitment to stamping out corruption, even if it means that some people may be displeased.
"As a well-thinking society, one fundamental step which we must take in addressing and curbing the scourge of corruption, and the perception of corruption, is identifying precisely and accurately what the problem of corruption entails, the dimensions of the problem, the characteristics, as well as the ethical and moral underpinning," he said.
He was responding to suggestions that changes be made to the Contractor General Act to allow for the filing of defamation suits against his office.
"I find it interesting, the consideration of a group, to limit the power of the office when so much money is involved," Harrison said, adding that the total value of contracts for the period January 2012 to December 2012, entered into by public bodies amounted to over $61.6 billion.
"It has been suggested in the public domain that I have an agenda. I agree. I do have an agenda -- to do what is right at all times. The principle of natural justice is my pilot; my engine is lubricated by my conscience, the love for our country Jamaica and it becoming a better place for us to live in," he told the luncheon.
"It is significant to highlight the fundamental step we need to make in developing a strong value system, but I think the first step is to call a spade a spade... our perspectives and views ought not to be shaped by our loyalty, but based upon positive reasoning and principles of integrity," Harrison said.
"It is therefore not alarming that corruption, as defined by the man in the streets, seems to differ significantly from that which is championed by various authorities," he added.
The Kingston College Old Boys' Association, which is hosting the event at which women are allowed to attend -- a move that was instituted last year after many years of all-male dominance — will also honour four stalwarts of the 88-year-old institution.
Jamaica's former ambassador to the United States and retired Government minister and senator, Anthony Johnson; president of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association Dr Warren Blake; former member of parliament and junior minister of finance, and agriculture in previous People's National Party administrations, Errol 'Jigs' Ennis, who is now blind; and United States-based Donovan Davis will be recognised by the association.