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NIA points to deficient Quality Management System at NWA as factor in poor road conditions

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:21 PM
Professor Trevor Munroe

Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), Professor Trevor Munroe, says a deficient Quality Management System at the National Works Agency (NWA) may be a factor in the rapid deterioration of the island's road network.

In a letter to the chairman of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Professor Munroe said the NWA should be summoned to appear before it to provide a status report on its Quality Management System.

Professor Munroe pointed to a Performance Audit conducted by the Auditor General in 2015, which revealed that the NWA could not independently verify quality tests done on materials used by contractors in the building and repair of roads across the island.

 

Professor Trevor Munroe, Executive Director, National Integrity Action

The NIA executive director stressed that the NWA’s Quality Management System should be at a level where it can provide adequate assurance that road construction and rehabilitation projects are completed based on prescribed quality standards and procedures.

Munroe says this deficiency is indicative of the obvious weakness in the system of accountability and directly contributes to road deterioration, which is enraging Jamaicans and wasting scarce public resources.

In recent weeks, residents of communities in St Thomas, Clarendon, Westmoreland and St James have been protesting poor road conditions.

The residents complained that the roads have been in a state of disrepair for a long time, despite intermittent road patching exercises carried out in some instances.