Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Senator Peter Bunting, has labelled the government’s ongoing road improvement programme, SPARK, as a massive ‘con’.

Mr. Bunting made the stark claim at a PNP Divisional Conference in Junction, St. Elizabeth, on Sunday.

Daina Davy reports.

The Shared Prosperity through Accelerated Improvement to Our Road Network or SPARK programme is a two-year road rehabilitation project aimed at transforming the island’s road network.

The 40-billion-dollar project will target more than two-thousand community, parochial, and secondary roads.

Each constituency is allocated $150million to undertake necessary road improvement projects.

Works Minister, Robert Morgan, recently disclosed that five international companies were shortlisted to bid for the right to execute the SPARK programme.

A preferred bidder to execute the project has not been chosen yet.

But speaking to PNP supporters in Junction, St. Elizabeth, on Sunday, Peter Bunting dismissed the project as an exercise in corruption.

Invoking the powers of a prophet, Senator Bunting told his audience that the contractor for SPARK has already been chosen.

Senator Bunting says SPARK will be used by the JLP as the vehicle through which the party will channel funds to power its general election campaign.

Meanwhile, State Minister of National Security, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, has condemned Senator Bunting’s remarks about the SPARK programme.

Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, State Minister of National Security.