Regran_ed from myjamaicatoday - The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has blasted the Opposition PNP for calling and starting a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament today, Tuesday, December 11 to discuss the Auditor General’s report into Petrojam.
It said the action by the PNP to circumvent Parliamentary Procedures was an attempt to make a mockery of Parliament.
Jamaica Today earlier (Tuesday, Dec. 11) reported that the Opposition chairman of the PAC convened a meeting this morning and started review of the Petrojam report with representatives of that company in attendance. There were no Government Members of the Committee present up to the time the office of the Clerk of the House was advised that the meeting was illegal, and the supportive staff withdrawn.
The JLP says the PNP’s action today, has shown complete disrespect for established norms and the Standing Orders of the Parliament. The party described the meeting as “illegal” and the process to stage it as “at a minimum contemptuous of our Parliament and the very democratic process and is unacceptable by any standard.” The JLP said it is completely supportive of all processes of accountability and transparency, including the review of the Auditor General’s Report into Petrojam.
However, it said “the established process through the Standing Orders of the Parliament provides 30 days for entities summoned by the PAC.” The JLP said “The public should know that the Government Members of the PAC have been looking at all possible scheduling options while working assiduously to prepare for the meeting by reviewing the extensive Auditor General Report along with other audits previously conducted. “Further the JLP said Government Members had conceded that the meeting be held next week during time previously scheduled for the Joint Select Committee for the BOJ Act to deliberated.
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Regran_ed from myjamaicatoday - The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has called for the immediate resignation of Phillip Paulwell, or for him to be fired, as the Opposition’s spokesman on Energy.
The party says Paulwell was Energy Minister for three of the five years of Petrojam operations reviewed by the Auditor General and is behaving as if he is a voice of reason. The JLP said while on the Government side there has been accountability with resignations at the ministerial, board and management level, there has been no such in respect of the Opposition’s Spokesman on Energy. It says Mr. Paulwell was ‘primus inter pares’ or first among equals for a part of the five-year period covered by the Petrojam Audit.
In a release Tuesday, December 11, Dr. Horace Chang, JLP General Secretary said it was noteworthy and regrettable that “Over $5Billion worth of unaccounted for oil at Petrojam extends to the tenure of former Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell who is now a PNP Vice President and the Party’s spokesman on Energy.” According to Dr Chang, Paulwell has now positioned himself as “a voice of reason in relation to issues at Petrojam which also prevailed under his watch.” This he said was so even though Mr Paulwell survived as Minister during several energy related scandals to hit the PNP, including those commonly called the Light Bulb, Netserv and Trafigura.
Dr. Chang said the JLP is calling for consistency in comments about this issue from civil society and various church groups and wants them to support the JLP’s call for Paulwell’s immediate removal as Opposition Spokesman on Energy.
The JLP also wants Mr. Paulwell to recuse himself from deliberations of Parliamentary oversight committees which are likely to shortly review the Auditor General’s report on Petrojam.
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