Opposition Members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, PAAC, have raised concerns over Petrojam’s alleged re-engagement of its Chief Financial Officer, Delroy Brown.
South St. Catherine MP, Fitz Jackson, told the PAAC that information coming to him suggests the CFO was fired, rehired then subsequently placed on leave at an estimated cost of one million dollars monthly and is now back on the job.
Brown’s dismissal and rehiring came to light in a damning report from the Auditor General into operations at the entity which brought up allegations of fraud, nepotism and mismanagement at the state- owned oil refinery.
It was later revealed at the Public Accounts Committee, PAC, that Brown was sent on leave in April 2017 after cancelling a 9-million dollar cheque payable to a contractor hired by the McCooks Pen Citizens’ Association to repair their community centre.
The cheque forms part of an investigation by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, MOCA.
However, the reasoning for his dismissal and subsequent re-hiring was never made clear or whether it was related to the cheque.
Mr. Jackson is calling for an update on the situation involving Mr. Brown.
However, North East St. Catherine MP, Leslie Campbell, challenged Mr. Jackson for raising a matter which was not the topic of discussion at today’s sitting.
But, Mr. Jackson sought to defend his actions and, he was supported by PAAC Chairman Dr. Wykeham McNeil.
Fitz Jackson, Member of Parliament for South St. Catherine.
He was followed by Dr. Wykeham McNeil, Chairman of the PAAC.