NWC does not owe JDF $737m, says VP Dunn
The National Water Commission's Vice-president of Customer Service Delivery, Michael Dunn, is dismissing as false claims that the utility company owes the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) more than $737 million.
In May, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Major General Stewart Saunders told Parliament's Public Accounts Committee that the JDF was overcharged by the NWC over an eight-year period.
Major General Saunders also told the committee that the JDF was concerned that it was being billed for water which passed through its property and is used to supply nearby communities and entities.
However, addressing the matter at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, Dunn denied the claims.
According to him, it is the other way around.
He said based on checks conducted by the NWC, it is the JDF which owes the utility company.
Dunn also denied claims that the JDF is being used to supply water to surrounding communities and institutions.
Contacted for a response Lieutenant Colonel David Cummings, who was among JDF officials who appeared before the PAC, said the parties are discussing the matter with the aim of reconciling the account and finding a way forward.