Opposition Calls for OCG Investigation into Road Rehabilitation Programme

The Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, is calling for an investigation into what it says is a $3-billion road rehabilitation programme, to be undertaken in 26 constituencies across the island.

In a statement today, the PNP called for an immediate investigation by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) and the Office of the Political Ombudsman.

It’s also calling for the start of the programme to be delayed until what it describes as the ‘tinge of political victimisation’ is removed.

The PNP says $2.8-billion of the $3-billion is allocated to constituencies represented by 24 MPs from the governing Jamaica Labour Party, JLP.

The party says that’s according to information being widely circulated in social media.

The PNP says it’s a continuation of a trend by the JLP to use state resources in a partisan political way for its benefit.

It says the design, scope and allocation of resources in this programme should be investigated to determine whether appropriate procurement guidelines and selection criteria were applied.

The Opposition party says the programme should not begin unless prudence and fairness in its design and execution are established.

In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Horace Chang, has said the roads selected for the programme were prepared by the previous administration.

Speaking yesterday on Nationwide ‘This Morning’, Dr. Chang said the works to be done are a continuation of a programme that has addressed other constituencies.