The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the anti-corruption lobby, National Integrity Action (NIA) are lauding Prime Minister Andrew Holness for firing Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid.
Nationwide News first revealed this morning that Prime Minister Holness had fired the Education Minister. A statement later from the Office of the Prime Minister confirmed that the Prime Minister requested and received Mr. Reid’s resignation from his Cabinet and the Senate.
In his statement, Mr. Holness said he met this morning with Minister Reid regarding certain allegations in the public domain. The Prime Minister says the decision to secure Minister Reid’s resignation is in keeping with the principles of good governance.
Prime Minister Holness says Minister Reid’s resignation will ensure that any investigation into issues of concern will not be in any way impeded by his presence or oversight of the Ministry.
PSOJ President, Howard Mitchell is commending the Prime Minister for being decisive.
And, Executive Director of the anti-corruption lobby, National Integrity Action, NIA, Professor Trevor Munroe is also commending the Prime Minister.
The NIA boss says Prime Minister Holness’ speedy action in upholding the good governance principle of ministerial responsibility and accountability must become the norm in such circumstances.
In a statement this afternoon, Professor Munroe also commended the Opposition for raising concerns earlier this week about the management of agencies under the remit of the Education Ministry.
Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, Dr Garth Anderson, says he’s shocked at news that Mr. Reid has been fired from the Cabinet.
Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association, JMEA, Metry Seaga, is also commending Prime Minister Holness for firing the Education Minister.