In a statement this afternoon, Mr. Paulwell said it had now been confirmed through police and intelligence sources that Mrs. Warren is a convicted drug trafficker who was convicted and spent some three years in prison for trafficking in cocaine.
Mr. Paulwell said this was just another example of the lack of accountability by Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley in the performance of his duties as Minister of Energy and reason why he should be dismissed by the Prime Minister without further delay.
The PNP Shadow Minister said the board of directors of NESOL was also culpable as it is clear that no due diligence and fit and proper criteria were applied in selecting Mrs. Warren as head of such an important company in the Government of Jamaica.
The Board should disclose whether Mrs. Warren had made any declarations to them of her past conviction and reasons for confirming her employment as Managing Director.
He said the selection must have also been brought to the attention of Dr. Wheatley in his capacity as Minister responsible for the agency. “It is clear that the Minister committed gross dereliction of duty, by not ensuring that the board had done its work in accordance with GOJ standards, which include the submission of a clean police record and adherence to conduct as set out in the Staff Orders”, he said.
Mr. Paulwell said in light of the arrest of Mr Lawrence Pommells with J$85 million in cash and the ongoing investigation by C-TOC, the appointment and continuation of someone with a criminal conviction in such a sensitive position is a major embarrassment to the Government of Jamaica in general and the Ministries of Science, Energy and Technology, and the Finance and Planning, both of which have a role in ensuring that due diligence is completed before a contract is approved.
He said the Prime Minister must now remove Dr. Wheatley in order to avoid further embarrassment and sullying of the name of the Government of Jamaica.
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