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Hanna hits back at Grange over Jamaica 50 pins

Published:Wednesday | July 13, 2016 | 7:40 PM
Hanna says under the agreement, the Government was paid a small percentage of the proceeds from the sales, and all unsold pins were to be turned over to the Government.

Former culture minister Lisa Hanna has hit back at her successor Olivia Grange for bashing the previous administration for failing to distribute Jamaica 50 independence celebration pins bought five years ago.

In her contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament yesterday, Grange expressed disappointment that a significant number of items including 25,000 Jamaica 50 pins bought under the Jamaica Labour Party government, were not distributed to the public by the PNP government in 2012.

 

Culture Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange

However, in a statement today, Hanna called the culture minister’s comments disingenuous and accused her of playing politics.

She explains that in 2012 the government entered into an agreement with two companies to produce and sell Jamaica 50 pins at their own costs.

Hanna says under the agreement, the Government was paid a small percentage of the proceeds from the sales, and all unsold pins were to be turned over to the Government. 

Hanna says the pins now in possession of the culture ministry were left overs from one of the companies, and as stated in the agreement, they were sent to the Government.

Hanna says all the relevant files pertaining to the processes, and agreements regarding the Jamaica 50 pins remain in the ministry.