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PNPYO calls for more responsible use of Gov't phones

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 10:21 PM

The People’s National Party Youth Organization (PNPYO) is urging Government Ministers to be better stewards in the use of government cellular phones.



The PNPYO says while it is necessary to use government paid phones to conduct official business, the high telephone charges may be interpreted as wasteful especially as the country negotiates the harsh economic times.



The PNPYO is urging government ministers to utilise non-traditional and emerging technologies to enhance communication.



It is also calling for the development of an Information and Communications Technology policy for ministries.



The call follows revelations that junior foreign affairs minister, Arnaldo Brown, had racked up more than $1 million in bills for his government-issued cellphone over a 12 month period.



However, Brown says the telephone charges he racked up were genuinely incurred.

Brown conceded that the bills were very high but he blamed what he said was the high cost of roaming for voice and data services.



Eleven government ministries reportedly racked up more than $5 million in telephone charges over the period.



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