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Warmington hits back ... says controversial road projects selected by PNP administration

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:59 PM
Warmington ... the projects were not chosen on a constituency basis, but based on need.

State minister with responsibility for works Everald Warmington is insisting that many of the road projects with which the People’s National Party (PNP) is now taking issue were selected by the previous government.

The PNP has called for the Office of the Contractor General and the Office of the Political Ombudsman to immediately investigate a $3-billion road rehabilitation programme to be undertaken in 26 constituencies across the island.

The PNP says its information is that $2.8 billion is allocated to 24 constituencies represented by the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), while only two constituencies represented by the PNP will get attention.

The PNP also says it believes the initiative is being implemented in favour of government members of parliament.

READ: PNP wants OCG to probe road work project

But Warmington says the projects were not chosen on a constituency basis, but based on need.

He also says some of the projects were being completed after being abandoned by the PNP administration when it came to office in 2012.

Warmington says most of the others were selected by the previous government and are located in constituencies lost by the PNP in last year’s general elections.

 

State minister with responsibility for works, Everald Warmington

The PNP had argued that the new work programme is a continuation of a trend of the JLP Administration using state resources in a partisan political way for its benefit.

The PNP said this was evident in the Labour Day allocations and the $800 million debushing programme last year.