21 Apr PNP CALLS ON OCG AND POLITICAL OMBUDSMAN TO INVESTIGATE J$3B ROAD WORK PROGRAMME
The People’s National Party is calling on the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) and the Office of the Political Ombudsman to immediately investigate a JMD$3 Billion road work rehabilitation programme to be undertaken by government in 26 constituencies across the island.
According to information widely circulated in social media, of that amount, approximately D$2.8 Billion is allocated to constituencies represented by 24 Members of Parliament from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and poultry JMD$190 Million to constituencies represented by 2 Members of Parliament from the People’s National Party.
While we are not questioning the need for the work in these constituencies, it is very clear that the implementation is totally lopsided to favour of constituencies represented by JLP MPs. There are many roads in urgent need of repair in constituencies represented by PNP MPs.
The PNP has noted that this is a continuation of a trend since the JLP Administration took office last year, to use state resources in a partisan political way for their benefit. This was evident in the Labour Day allocations and the $800 Million debushing program last year.
This is a clear distribution of work based on Political partisan consideration and for that reason we are calling on the Political Ombudsman to investigate the improper use of state resources to give the JLP political advantage.
It would appear that this work programme is similar in design to the controversial JMD$800 Million debushing programme recently executed by through the National Works Agency (NWA), which had given the Office of the Contractor General cause to investigate. For that reason, we are also calling on the Contractor General to investigate the design, scope and allocation of resources in the present programme to determine whether appropriate procurement guidelines and selection criteria were applied in accordance with established rules.
In the interim, we asked that commencement of this programme be delayed until prudence and fairness in its design and execution can be established, and all tinge of political victimization removed.