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Holness seeks answers on NHT's Outameni purchase

Published:Tuesday | November 4, 2014 | 5:42 PM
Andrew Holness - File

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness has tabled questions in the Parliament regarding the purchase of the Outameni Experience in Trelawny by the National Housing Trust (NHT).



The questions have been directed to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller who has portfolio responsibility for the NHT.



Holness wants to know whether Simpson Miller is aware of the purchase and when she became aware of the decision by the NHT board to buy the property.



Holness also wants to know whether any due diligence exercise or feasibility study was conducted in respect of the proposed transaction.



He says if any of these were done the Prime Minister should say what exercises were conducted and when and provide the House of Representatives with a copy of the relevant reports.



The Opposition leader has also asked Portia Simpson Miller whether she is aware that the purchase and operation of tourist attractions falls outside of the statutory mandate of the NHT as defined by the National Housing Trust Act of 1979.



He is demanding to know whether any action has been taken against the board arising from its decision to purchase the property.



The NHT reportedly acquired Outameni for $180 million and is planning to spend more than $100 million to upgrade the facilities.



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