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NHT board on a frolic

Published:Wednesday | November 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I watched in amazement André Jebbinson's interview with Senator Lambert Brown and fellow directors of the National Housing Trust(NHT) on a CVM newscast on Monday, November 10, 2014.

It was unbelievable that Senator Brown, one of several trade unionists on the board, stood there and tried to justify the Outameni deal. He even told the journalist that he had no sense.

The salient point escaped Senator Brown - that this was not just a purchase of land but the use of $180 million of contributors' money to buy a defunct attraction, which the Trust is going to spend more than $67 million to rehabilitate, and not $67 million to build houses.

There is a lack of accountability among the NHT board.

Board members genuinely have no regard for the populace that they are appointed to serve and to whom they owe a duty of probity and transparency.

Prior to the December 2011 election, Portia Simpson Miller made an impassioned plea that if Jamaicans wanted a government that treated them with respect, they should pick the People's National Party.

Madam Prime Minister, one way to honour that mantra is to ask the NHT board to resign. It's the only decent thing to do.


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