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JAMAICA | Opposition objects to Holness taking control of Education Ministry

Featured Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips speaking at a press conference at his office on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips speaking at a press conference at his office on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
KINGSTON, March 20, 2019 - Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips says he strenuously objects to the Prime Minister’s decision to take the Ministry of Education within the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and subject to the Prime Minister’s personal control.

Speaking at a press conference today, the Opposition Leader said “the Ministry of Education is much too important to be given partial oversight in the conduct of day-to-day activities, which are absolutely essential to the future of our nation’s children.”

Dr. Phillips said, “The experience of the role of the Office of the Prime Minister in its management of Petrojam does not give the country confidence.”

The Opposition Leader observed that: “the prime minister has not yet said what was the basis on which he asked for the resignation of the Minister of Education and is calling on him to do so immediately.”

He said “The country cannot afford the Office of the Prime Minister to act once again to cover up the misdeeds of Minsters. The people of Jamaica deserve much better!”

“We cannot forget the infamous Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in Petrojam which was done under Prime Minister Holness’ watch. He is yet to table all the documents linked to the resignation of the former Human Resource Manager at Petrojam, nor has he provided the relevant advice that the lawyers gave to Petrojam on this matter,” the Opposition leader lamented.

“I am again calling upon the Auditor General and the National Integrity Commission, as well as security agencies including JCF, MOCA and the Financial Investigation Division (FID) to fully investigate the allegations which have caused the Minister’s resignation. We expect them to act with integrity and urgency to hold those who broke the law accountable,” Dr. Phillips said.

The Opposition Leader noted that in light of disturbing reports that the security agencies are being hampered in the conduct of their investigations, “we are calling on all the heads of the security agencies to act with integrity and urgency, mindful that they represent the line of defence against wanton corruption and the abuse of taxpayers money.”

  • Countries: Jamaica

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