Jamaica50 Pin Controversy Continues

Culture Minister, Olivia Grange, says the government and local suppliers are at odds over approximately 40,000 Jamaica50 commemorative pins which remain unused.

The pins were to be sold both locally and in the Jamaican Diaspora as part of celebrating 50 years of independence in 2012.

Earlier this month Minister Grange raised concern in Parliament about wasteful spending after she disclosed that she’d stumbled upon approximately 25,000 pins in a storage facility at her Ministry.

Former Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna, hit back at Grange describing the Minister’s disclosure as disingenuous and misleading.

Minister Grange told the post cabinet media briefing today that more pins have been discovered.

The new discovery she says brings the total number of pins which were produced but remain unused to approximately 87,000.

Minister Grange says the two companies which were contracted to manufacture the pins are now contesting Miss Hanna’s word that all of the pins are to be regarded as the property of the Government.

Minister Grange says she’s awaiting a comprehensive report on the Jamaica 50 celebrations.