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Christie to use auditor general's report in JDIP probe

Published:Friday | November 18, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Greg Christie

CONTRACTOR GENERAL Greg Christie says his office will be using information unearthed by the auditor general in her audit of the controversial Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) to assist him in his probe of the multibillion-dollar project.

"We are going to be using that information," Christie told The Gleaner on Wednesday.

"This is a situation where one state agency can be of assistance to another, so we will be using that information and it will assist us," he stressed.

According to Christie, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis "has revealed a number of things which will be useful to us in terms of pointing us in certain directions."

However, Christie would not comment on the status of his current investigation.

Asked whether the findings of the auditor general's report came as a surprise to him, Christie said they do not.

Aspects of the auditor general's findings have been at variance with pronouncements made by government officials about the management of the programme.

For example, the leadership of the transport and works ministry and National Works Agency (NWA) officials have indicated that only grade-one contractors were being used as sub-contractors to carry out roadworks under JDIP.

However, the Monroe Ellis-led team reported that grades two and three contractors also received subcontracts from China Harbour Engineering Company.

There is an agreement between the NWA and China Harbour Engineering Company to select subcontractors from grade-one contractors on the National Contracts Commission's list in the category of general roadworks.