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Review should be done without my presence - Wheatley

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday, Andrew Wheatley said that against the background of continued questions, it was agreed that there should be a general performance review of the board and executive levels of the energy, science and technology portfolios that he previously held.

Wheatley said that this was necessary to reassure the public that the highest standards of probity were being applied to the administration of the affairs of public bodies under the portfolio.

Wheatley said that he believed in the tenets of good governance, and was committed to upholding the public trust. As such, "this necessary process of review should be done without my presence or ministerial authority".

He declared that with immediate effect, "I will step back from my duties as minister and Cabinet member". This, he said, would allow him to focus on his constituency and parliamentary obligations.

Wheatley thanked the prime minister for affording him the privilege of serving his country as a minister.

edmond.campbell@gleanerjm.com