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Greg Christie appointed to board of scandal-hit FCJ

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2016 | 5:22 PM
Greg Christie ... his appointment was revealed in a Cabinet document tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday.

Former Contractor General Greg Christie has been appointed to the board of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), which is now under scrutiny following an audit alleging bad management at the entity.

His appointment was revealed in a Cabinet document tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday.

Christie and 10 others will sit on the board being chaired by Lyttleton 'Tanny' Shirley.

IN PHOTO: Lyttleton Shirley

In 2014, Shirley had taken leave of absence as chairman of the South East Health Authority (SERHA) to pursue what he considered to be a "serious and urgent" legal matter that involved his alleged misconduct.

In addition to his FCJ board membership, Christie has also been appointed to the boards of the Agro-Investment Corporation and the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Science.

The FCJ has been under scrutiny since the Auditor General's Department earlier this year tabled a report pointing to governance issues, including the payment of millions of dollars to lawyers for work not done.

IN PHOTO: Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Yesterday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness disclosed that in 2012, the Cabinet authorised the FCJ to turn over lands valued at $168 million to a "fake trust" for only $10,000.

The trust was to serve the St Andrew South Western constituency of then Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller.

Holness told the House of Representatives that not even the $10,000 can be accounted for.

Holness also said the newly appointed board with a two-year tenure has set up a number of subcommittees to ensure good governance and accountability in the company's operations.

The FCJ, which currently owns more than nine billion dollars in assets, is the largest provider of industrial and commercial factory space and real estate in Jamaica.