SURPRISE!! – PetroJam Spends $2.6m on Birthday Parties

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The Auditor General’s report on Petrojam’s operations says the State-owned oil refinery’s former General Manager signed off on over $2.6-million for private parties at two hotels in St James.

Floyd Grindley was Petrojam’s General manager at the time referenced by the Auditor General’s report.

Mr Grindley resigned in July this year after the scandal that engulfed the oil refinery showed no signs of subsiding.

The uncomplimentary findings of the audit report reveal that on November 17, 2017 and January 5, 2018, Petrojam’s General Manager approved payments for invoices totalling USD$21,767 in relation to two parties of a personal and private nature.

The parties were held on September 19, 2017 and January 9, 2018 at two hotels in Montego Bay.

According to the report, copies of the hotels’ invoices dated September 19, 2017 and January 4, 2018 along with e-mail correspondence, referred to both events as ‘surprise birthday party’ and ‘surprise party’, respectively.

For the first party, an e-mail dated September 19, 2017 to the Head of Procurement, stated…quote…”we are excited to work with you on this surprise birthday party”…end quote.

The e-mail also indicated that the party was for Petrojam’s Board Chairman.

The Board Chairman of the company at that time was Dr. Percival Bahado-Singh.

According to the report, on September 27, 2017, the hotel submitted the invoice for just over 10-thousand US dollars, to the Head of Procurement which detailed charges for 25 guests who attended the scheduled 8 p.m. to midnight party.

On October 3, 2017, Petrojam’s Head of Procurement forwarded the invoice to the General Manager for approval.

On that same day, the General Manager forwarded the hotel’s invoice to his administrative assistant via email.

According to the report, the email stated…quote: “please prepare PR and BEACS for me…I will sign when I get back. It was for a pre-strategic meeting in MoBay last week”…end quote.

The Auditor General says the particulars of the hotel’s invoice did not support this claim.

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