Nationwide News understands that Prime Minister Andrew Holness has decided to transfer Clarendon Alumina Production, CAP from Robert Montague’s Transport and Mining Ministry.
CAP is to be assigned to the Ministry of Finance, led by Dr. Nigel Clarke.
The decision was made during a meeting of Cabinet which ended late last night.
An announcement is expected today.
Our sources say it was noted that Montague twice last year had asked for CAP to be placed under Minister Clarke’s portfolio.
The finance minister has been the lead negotiator in talks which have been ongoing about CAP’s commercial agreement with its partner in the unincorporated Jamalco joint venture, the Noble Group.
Nationwide News understands that when the issue was brought up for discussion last night, Montague did not object to the move.
Efforts just before news time to contact the Transport and Mining Minister were not successful.
Steps being taken to transfer CAP to Dr. Clarke’s ministry follows controversy which engulfed the entity’s Board of Directors and led to the Norman Reid quitting as Board Chairman and Minister Montague’s move to dissolve the Board.
Our news centre understands that contrary to what had been announced by Gordon House yesterday, Minister Montague is unlikely to address the House of Representatives later today on issues which have been dogging the Clarendon Alumina Production company.