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Insulate NHT from the clutches of Governments, says Casserly

Published:Thursday | November 20, 2014 | 1:25 PM
Patrick Casserly - File

The Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Patrick Casserly says the Outameni property scandal should be the catalyst for the money of National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors to be protected from abuse by governments.

Casserly is a member of the JLP’s economic advisory council.

The NHT has been under intense public scrutiny over its decision to buy a nine-acre property in Trelawny on which the Outameni tourist attraction is located.

Speaking on Television Jamaica’s Smile Jamaica this morning, Casserly said the NHT now needs to be insulated from the clutches of Governments.

In the meantime, he says the NHT should not attempt to run the property as an attraction as it is not their role.

According to him, the property can be used to benefit certain groups including the disabled and the mentally challenged.

The purpose of the property has been one of the major sources of concern as both the NHT board chairman and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller have made conflicting statements.

The chairman has said the property and attraction were bought in 2012 as a social investment to be run as a business.

However the Prime Minister, in her parliamentary statement on the matter, said the property was bought and not the attraction.

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