New Nation demands answers from Hanna
NEW Nation Coalition (NNC) yesterday called on Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna to make full disclosure to the public regarding her permanent secretary, Sydney Bartley, whose name has become embroiled in unsavoury allegations.
In a release to the media, the NNC said it had "grave concerns regarding allegations that have become a part of public discussion regarding the status of the permanent secretary" and demanded that questions posed by Member of Parliament Olivia 'Babsy' Grange on the issue in Parliament last Wednesday be answered.
Grange wanted confirmation as to whether or not the permanent secretary had been suspended from his post, and if so, under what circumstances it was effected.
The questions, which NNC repeated in its statement, were:
* What is the current status of the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Culture?
* Is there a cover-up taking place in that ministry surrounding the status of the permanent secretary?
* Can the youth minister confirm or deny that the questions posed in Parliament are connected to an incident at a prominent high school?
"As a children's advocate, I am personally concerned about the allegations that have now entered the public domain. The people of Jamaica must know who exactly sits in some of the most important positions in our Government, especially the Ministry of Youth," the release quoted NNC founder Betty-Ann Blaine.
When the Jamaica Observer sought clarity on the issue yesterday, we were only informed that Bartley is currently on leave.