The Integrity Commission says it has served formal written notice upon a number of Government authorities that it intends to comprehensively monitor the expenditures and contracts awarded in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement recently the Commission says recently appointed Executive Director, Greg Christie, directed the notice to all GOJ Permanent Secretaries and Principal and Accounting Officers.

The letter was also copied to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clark; and Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher

He says given,  the Commission is now obliged to fulfil its statutory obligations, under the Integrity Commission Act, by responding in an appropriate and likewise heightened manner due to a number of factors.

These are in particular, the unprecedented levels of expenditures that the GOJ has committed to fighting the pandemic over the past few months, the adverse fiscal implications of same, and having regard also to the additional funds that it intends to spend in combating the virus.

The decision by the Integrity Commission follows similar calls by members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, PAAC, regarding a 46 million dollar contract to carry out cleaning and sanitising works in the parish of  St Ann.