UPDATE: Why Ruel Reid was asked to resign
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has explained why he asked Ruel Reid to resign.
In a statement, Holness said that he asked Reid to step down to clear the way amid an investigation into allegations of corruption at the Ministry of Education Youth and Information.
Holness said that in keeping with the principles of good governance, he requested and received Reid’s resignation as Minister.
He also resigned from the Senate.
The development comes a day after The Gleaner reported that the Auditor General’s Department is currently undertaking a performance audit of the ministry.
On Monday, the parliamentary Opposition revealed that it has reports of misuse of public funds and corruption at the education ministry and suggested that it was equivalent to the scandal uncovered at Petrojam, the state-owned oil refinery.
Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips, speaking during a post-Budget press conference, said the allegations are related directly to Caribbean Maritime University and the use of funds sent to the ministry by the HEART Trust for the Career Advancement Programme as well as the Technical, Vocational, Educational and Training (T-VET) Rationalisation Project.
This morning I met with Minister Ruel Reid regarding certain allegations in the public domain.
In keeping with the principles of good governance, I requested and received Minister Reid’s resignation.
Minister Reid has also resigned from the Senate.
The Minister’s resignation will ensure that any investigation into matters of concern will not be in any way impeded by his presence or oversight of the Ministry.
The Ministry of Education Youth and Information will now fall under the temporary supervision of the Office of the Prime Minister which will start its own review of the ministry and its agencies.