Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, has called on the Auditor General to probe the sale of the Bernard Lodge lands in St. Catherine.

According to Dr. Phillips, he wrote to Auditor General, Pamela Monroe Ellis, on Tuesday asking for a comprehensive audit of the operations and performance of the Sugar Company of Jamaica Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries.

SCJH is the government entity which owns Bernard Lodge.

Dr. Phillips is also calling for a performance and compliance audit of the processes and procedures employed by SCJH in the divestment of lands under its control.

He says he was compelled to write to the Auditor General as the government’s proposed review of the plan for the Bernard Lodge New City Project was not far reaching.

Dr. Phillips says numerous concerns and complaints about the transparency and fairness of the divestment process have been expressed, including farmers who previously occupied the Bernard Lodge lands, and the wider public.

The Opposition Leader says he told the Auditor General that he strongly believes that these concerns and complaints require urgent attention.