‘$3-million Never Allocated’ – Hanna on Prickly Pole

The MP for South East St. Ann, Lisa Hanna, is denying allegations that $3-million was approved to pave the Prickly Pole Primary School in her constituency and that the funds were misappropriated.

Minister Hanna says there was never any allocation for the project.

In a statement, she says the paving of Prickly Pole Primary was among several projects recommended by a former member of the constituency executive, Ezekiel Russell in December 2013.

However, she says the executive did not approve the project, and funds were never sought nor allocated from any agency.

Ms. Hanna says accordingly, there was no paving work done and no missing funds to explain.

She notes that the executive has met more than fifteen times since December 2013, and none of these allegations have ever been raised.

The paving project gained national attention last week, following the death of 11-year-old Akellah Lewis, a student at the school.

Akella is alleged to have collapsed during a street protest about the project.

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