Public health authorities close Justice Ministry offices
Sherine Williams, Gleaner Writer
Newly sworn in Justice Minister Delroy Chuck was unable to complete his first day at the ministry's Oxford Road office in St. Andrew today, as it was ordered closed by Public Health authorities.
Chuck told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that he and his staff were given until 1 p.m today to vacate all the floors occupied by the Justice Ministry's NCB Towers offices.
Earlier today, Chuck said the staff may be temporarily housed by another ministry.
The Justice Ministry has since issued a release saying its regular services will be scaled down from March 9-16 from 9 a.m to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
"Thereafter the ministry will be relocating to 61 Constant Spring Road," a spokesperson from the Ministry is quoted as saying.
The Ministry has not said why the Public Health authorities have closed its offices and the South East Regional Authority would not immediately provide an explanation.
However, last March, officials from the Health Ministry, Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the National Environment and Planning Agency visited the offices to examine ventilation issues.
Public Health authorities then ordered the closure of the second floor offices.
At the time, the Justice Ministry complained that several of its employees showed signs of serious illness, and some had to seek medical attention.
The Justice Ministry also reported that the longstanding ventilation problem had been reported to the Michael Lee Chin-owned AIC Group which controls the NCB South Towers where the Justice Ministry is housed.