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JUTC chairman unfazed by calls for his removal

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 9:30 AM
Garnett Roper - File

Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Board Chairman, Reverend Garnett Roper says he’s untroubled by calls for his removal.

Yesterday, the Jamaica Civil Service Association, JCSA and the Jamaica Labour Party called for the removal of both Roper and the company’s Managing Director, Colin Campbell.

Following the second bus fare increase in a year, the JCSA says it’s not satisfied that the JUTC’s management team has the required competencies to effectively manage the struggling company.

The opposition took it one step further, issuing a call for the removal of Transport Minister, Dr Omar Davies as well.

Roper says persons are free to call for his removal.

He says while he’s happy to serve, since he was appointed to the JUTC board, those who appointed him are within their rights to remove him if they see fit.

And, when asked whether he thought all was being done to effectively manage the JUTC, Roper declined to answer.

According to Roper, he leaves such pronouncements to the ‘best judgment of others’.

Meanwhile, JUTC’s Managing Director Colin Campbell says those calling for his removal, should check his record at the company.

Campbell says when he went to the JUTC on August 12 last year, the company was struggling to get 240 buses out daily.

He says today, the JUTC has 400 buses on the roads each day, resulting in additional revenue for the company.

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