OPM Clarifies Request for Report from MSET

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is rejecting what it says are false claims by the Opposition that it has asked Permanent Secretary in the Energy Ministry, Hillary Alexander, to carry out an investigation into issues affecting the State-owned oil refinery, Petrojam.

In a statement on Friday, the OPM said it wished to emphasize that it has asked the permanent secretary to prepare a report on issues of concern and various allegations in the public domain.

The OPM says it must be noted that there’s an independent investigation being carried out by the Auditor General’s Department.

Earlier this week, Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Phillip Paulwell, blasted the Government for what he argued is asking the Permanent Secretary in the Energy Ministry to investigate issues affecting Petrojam.

OPM Communications Director, Robert Morgan, says Paulwell is spreading falsehood.

Mr. Morgan says it must be noted that an independent investigation is being carried out into the alleged irregularities at Petrojam.

But, Mr. Morgan says in light of issues raised in the public domain, Cabinet has to fulfil its obligation to ensure good governance by calling in the Permanent Secretary and other senior staffers at Petrojam to provide a report on the controversial issues in the public domain.

Mr. Morgan says he’s sure had Cabinet not made that move, Mr. Paulwell and the Opposition PNP would have accused the Holness-led executive of being derelict in its duties to inform itself and hold people accountable.

The OPM Communications Director says arising from its meeting with the Permanent Secretary and other Petrojam Senior Staffers, Cabinet will be better positioned to give guidance to the newly appointed Board and to correct immediately any policy gaps or governance weaknesses which may exist at the entity which is crucial to the Government’s growth agenda.

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