MPs Want PCJ Director to Explain Suspicious Letter from McCooks Pen Citizens’ Association

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Members of Parliament are calling on a board member of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Lionel Myrie, to explain how he came by a suspicious letter claiming to be from the McCooks Pen Citizens’ Association.

The letter purportedly turned down $9-million in sponsorship to the Association. It’s now the subject of a fraud investigation by the Major Organized Crime and Anti Corruption Agency, MOCA.

The matter formed part of further enquiries at today’s sitting of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Energy, Carol Palmer, told the PAC that Lionel Myrie informed her that at the time the letter was forwarded to Petrojam he did it in his capacity as Personal Assistant to then Energy Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley.

The McCooks Pen Citizens’ Association has been on record denying sending any such letter.

Mr. Myrie also forwarded another request from the unregistered Sydenham Citizen’s Association, asking for a 9 million dollar sponsorship.

Both communities are in the South Central St. Catherine constituency of the former Energy Minister.

Central Manchester MP, Peter Bunting, says this shows a clear breakdown in governance.

The PCJ board has also written to the Energy Ministry distancing itself from the letter and the actions of Mr. Myrie. However, suspicion has also fallen on PCJ Chairman, Russell Hadeed.

According to documents provided by the Ministry to the PAC, Mr. Hadeed unilaterally approved 15 million dollars in donations without ratification from the board or the PCJ’s Corporate Affairs and Communications department.

PCJ Manager for Oil and Gas, Bryan Richardson, says Mr. Hadeed will be seeking retroactive ratification from the board. But PAC Chairman, Mark Golding says this was highly irregular and Mr. Hadeed is acting a little too late.

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