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OCG makes unannounced visit to Education Ministry

Published: Thursday November 15, 2012 | 8:17 am Comments 0
Contractor General Greg Christie - File
Contractor General Greg Christie - File

The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has widened its probe into the procurement of bookmarks by the Ministry of Education.

Yesterday, a team from the OCG made an unannounced visit to the ministry to secure electronic and other documentation.

Contractor General Greg Christie confirmed that a senior investigator at his office led a team to secure the documents.

Christie said that senior Ministry of Education staff, including acting Permanent Secretary Grace McLean, cooperated with the OCG's staff.

The OCG team spent more than five hours going through the electronic and other records.

In August, the Contractor General wrote to McLean requisitioning the particulars of the ministry's procurement of bookmarks.

The bookmarks, which had a photograph of Education Minister Ronald Thwaites superimposed over an impression of the Jamaican flag, triggered sharp criticism from the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party.

They were later discarded by the ministry.

Christie had requested, among others things, the tender procedures which were utilized by the ministry to execute the procurement and the persons at the ministry who were involved in the development, approval and or issue of the relevant tender and procurement instructions.

The OCG also wanted to know the identity of the contractor or contractors who were invited to tender for the award of the contract.

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