OCG Summons Former Police Commissioner re JUTC Arrangement

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Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, has summoned retired Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, for questioning.

Ellington is to be questioned today about an arrangement between the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC and a private firm, Millennium Security Limited, MSL.

Mr. Harrison says the former top cop is one of a number of persons who he’s summoned for questioning in the matter.

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It’s reported that the OCG questioned Managing Director of the JUTC, Paul Abrahams, earlier this week.

Mr. Harrison refused to comment on that. But he says the OCG is almost at the end of its probe.

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The OCG probe came after allegations by the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) that the JUTC entered into a contract with a company which is owned by the brother of a Board Member.

Mr. Abrahams has denied the allegation stating that the JUTC has no current contract with Millennium Security.

However, he says a project– which has since been put to public tender –was awarded to MSL.

Mr. Abrahams says in hindsight it should’ve been put to public tender from the outset.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.