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MP Pearnel Charles calls for gov’t to repatriate funds collected from bauxite companies

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2015 | 9:41 AM
Pearnel Charles

North Central Clarendon Member of Parliament (MP) Pearnel Charles, is calling for the government to repatriate funds collected from bauxite companies to entities engaged in rehabilitating open pits in bauxite communities.

Charles says the contract under which bauxite companies operate provides the government with a substantial pool of funds to rehabilitate these pits in cases where the companies haven’t done the work.

“I made a check at the Jamaica Bauxite Institute which shows how much funds has been allocated to the government under this arrangement since, and I can show that they [pits] haven’t been rehabilitated, therefore, I am calling on the government to return the money to investors who are using the pits for rain water harvesting,” Charles insists.

Charles was speaking at the handing over ceremony of a greenhouse complex in Mocho, Clarendon, yesterday.