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NWA ordered to make report on Sandy

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The National Works Agency has been ordered by State Minister Luther Buchanan to provide a report to the East Jamaica Reconstruction Task Force, which operates from the Office of the Prime Minister and which is co-ordinatiing reconstruction efforts post Hurricane Sandy.

Furious members of parliament have told The Sunday Gleaner that week after week the committee, which meets at Jamaica House on Mondays, has been waiting on the agency to provide a report to the meeting on the reconstruction programme to date.

According to the MPs the body has already been asked to provide a report, and the week the report should have been offered, an apology for absence was sent.

"The permanent secretary in the ministry under which NWA falls has come to the meeting. But that is as far as it goes where the NWA is concerned, no member of the hierarchy has come to the meeting," Buchanan said, also confirming that the entity has not produced a progress report nearly two months after Sandy passed, causing significant damage to Jamaica's eastern belt.

"One representative from the NWA came but the meeting did not consider that she was equipped to speak to questions from the committee. As a result, I have to (instruct) the NWA that a report is to be provided for this Monday's meeting, and I am insisting on it," said Buchanan.

Permanent secretary in the ministry Audrey Sewell confirmed yesterday she has been in dialogue with Buchanan and assured and that the NWA report would be provided for tomorrow's meeting.