President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, O’Neil Grant, says the governments move to subsume the operations of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, PCJ, into the Energy Ministry, was ‘premature’.

O’Neil Grant, President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, speaking yesterday on At Your Service with Vernon Derby.

On Friday, Co-Chairman of the Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee, P-STOC, Danny Roberts, said the government’s plans to close the PCJ took the committee by surprise.

More than a week ago, Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Phillip Paulwell, disclosed to the media the impending closure of the PCJ.

He also called on both Prime Minister Andrew Holness as well as Energy Minister, Fayval Minister Williams, to provide justification for the Cabinet decision.

Since then, the Energy Minister has said there’s nothing peculiar about the government’s move to subsume the operations of the PCJ into her portfolio Ministry.

Minister Williams says the PCJ has been on a long list of entities the government was considering closing or merging, since last year.