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PNP anxiously awaiting JUTC audit findings

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 6:19 AM

Opposition spokesman on transport Mikael Phillips says he hopes present employees of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will not be made into scapegoats when the findings of  an internal audit of the company are revealed.

Last month Transport Minister Mike Henry ordered a management audit of JUTC stating that the aim is to identify critical operational issues impacting the bus company's efficiency.

Last week, Henry said he would announce the findings at a press conference to be held soon.

Speaking during the Sectoral Debate in Parliament yesterday Phillips said he hopes the government will not use the audit as a witch hunt for JUTC management who he said served under difficult and strenuous circumstances.

Phillips also said the government's plan to purchase 35 new buses instead of over 200 will hinder the JUTC from meeting the 2016/2017 revenue target of over $5 billion. 

 

Opposition spokesman on Transport, Mikael Phillips

Phillips also called on the government to increase the budgetary allocation for spare parts for the JUTC fleet and added that the amount allocated is only enough to pay debts on spare parts acquired last year.