PetroJam General Manager Walks

Petrojam’s embattled General Manager Floyd Grindley, has resigned.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement last evening in Parliament.

Mr. Grindley joins former Engery Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, on the list of casualties spawned by the scandal that has exploded at the State-owned oil refinery, Petrojam.

Last week, Dr Andrew Wheatley was stripped of the energy portfolio.

Now, the controversy-plagued oil refinery is in search of a new General Manager.

During a marathon sitting of the House of Representatives yesterday, Prime Minister Holness wasn’t clear on whether the Petrojam General Manager voluntarily tendered his resignation or if he was pushed.

It was previously reported that Mr Grindley left the island to deal with a family emergency.

Last Thursday, Petrojam employees staged a protest at the refinery’s head office demanding the removal of the General Manager and the comapny’s Human Resource Development and Administration Manager, Yolande Ramharrack.

Ms Ramharrack’s being paid approximately $12-million per annum. This has been a source of contention.

Last evening, MP for South East St Andrew, the PNP’s Julian Robinson, asked Mr. Holness, if other managers are to be fired from the company.

Prime Minister Holness told the House of Representatives that there’ll have to be changes at the senior management level of Petrojam if the organization is to see improvements.

In the meantime, the Prime Minister, who now has responsibility for the Energy portfolio, says Petrojam’s parent company, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, PCJ, must be given direct oversight of the oil refinery.

The Prime Minister went on to explain how his administration intended to accomplish the PCJ being given increased oversight responsibility for the operations of Petrojam.


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