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PNP’s statement on meeting with Prime Minister Holness

PNP’s statement on meeting with Prime Minister Holness

A delegation of representatives from the People’s National Party met with Prime Minister Andrew Holness, after he agreed to a request from the Party to seek clarity on issues related to ongoing mitigation and infrastructure work programs in constituencies across the country.

The Party had requested the meeting with the Prime Minister after some PNP Members of Parliament had received calls from National Works Agency officers in relation to allocations in their constituencies. The information presented to PNP MPs was not consistent nor uniform and created confusion about what was being done. The meeting was therefore called to clarify those issues.

The Party registered its opposition to the manner in which the Government implemented the $600M debushing program which breached principles of good governance and departed from previously agreed understandings of a non partisan approach to these programs.

In the meeting yesterday, the Prime Minister indicated that he had halted the $600M debushing program. Discussions then centred around a new program involving drain cleaning, road patching and beautification to be implemented during the Christmas season and to involve all Members of Parliament. The Prime Minister gave his assurance that this new program would be done on the principles of being non partisan and inclusive.

It was also agreed that both parties would hold discussions on issues of national importance in the future. The General Secretaries are to meet and finalise the agenda for those future meetings.