Thu | Jan 23, 2020

PNP backs sector groups corruption warning

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Peter Phillips

The Parliamentary Opposition has welcomed the decision by a coalition of non-governmental, religious, and business groups to call for a meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness to discuss the erosion of public trust in functions of governance.

In an open letter to Holness, yesterday, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches, National Integrity Action, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association argued that the decline in public confidence was reaching crisis proportions and called for immediate action.

Yesterday, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips said that the People's National Party (PNP) had found common cause with the grouping, which presented a six-point plan of action to the prime minister.

According to Phillips, the open letter was frank and represented a serious call to action to address the issues, which are most evident at the state-owned oil refinery, PetroJam, NESol, and the Universal Service Fund.

He said that the PNP remained ready to assist in every way possible to advance the agenda put forward by the coalition and to ensure that good-governance practices returned to central government operations and all public agencies.

Phillips added that the PNP would be stepping up the pressure for the removal of Minister of Science and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley from the Cabinet.

He argued that this was a necessary beginning for the implementation of the proposals by the umbrella grouping, and it would be an untidy arrangement for a Cabinet minister to have to be excluded from Cabinet deliberations.