Local Government Minister Noel Arscott says a new board will be installed at the National Solid Waste Management Authority, NSWMA.

Minister Arscott made the comment this morning as he addressed journalists at a media briefing at Jamaica House.

Minister Arscott says following a meeting with board members last week, several directors indicated an unwillingness to continue serving, in the wake of the handling of the non renewal of the contract of the NSWMA’s Executive Director, Jennifer Edwards.

The Minister says given the number of resignations, the current board has been left without a quorum, rendering it incapable of fulfilling its functions.

He says a new board will be announced over the next few days.

Meanwhile Minister Arscott says he was unaware of the findings of an audit at the NSWMA, until he saw the document on the Nationwide News website!

The audit showed that almost 1-billion dollars paid by the NSWMA for works done between January 2012 and April 2014, lack the relevant paperwork to confirm that the works were performed.

Minister Arscott says he printed the report and took it to a recent meeting with the members of the NSWMA Board, where he sought clarity.

But he says most of the board members were also unaware of the findings of the audit.

He says he’s awaiting better particulars on the issue.