Energy Minister Outlines Plans to Close PCJ, Subsume Functions Into Ministry


Energy Minister, Fayval Williams, this afternoon formally advised the House of Representatives of the government’s plan to subsume the functions of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, PCJ, into the Ministry.

Minister Williams told the House that the move is consistent with the ongoing effort of the government to rationalize public-sector bodies.

In 2017, the government announced that approximately 84 public entities will be either closed, merged, or divested in the public’s interest.

Minister Williams told the House today that a number of processes are being carried out as the government moves to subsume functions of the  PCJ into the Energy Ministry.

Fayval Williams, Energy Minister addressing the House of Representatives today.

The PCJ was established in 1979 and is the state entity mandated to manage the country’s energy needs.

It’s the parent company of the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam.

Meantime .. Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Phillip Paulwell, is calling for a forensic audit of the PCJ before its functions are subsumed into the Energy Ministry.

Phillip Paulwell, Opposition Spokesman on Energy addressing the House of Representatives today.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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