Contractor General to monitor JEEP
Contractor General Greg Christie has signalled he will be closely monitoring the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) and he has already requested certain critical information from the government.
Christie says he informed the relevant authorities by way of letter yesterday that his office will be comprehensively monitoring the award and execution of all contracts which will be administered under the JEEP.
He has also given the transport and works ministry until March 8 to provide it with certain information on the programme.
Among the 15 things being demanded by Christie is an executive summary for JEEP; evidence of cabinet approval of the programme; the source of the funding as and planned budget; and an implementation schedule for the programme.
He also wants evidence of approvals from the National Contracts Commission; a list and site locations of all the projects; details of the procurement methods which will be used to engage contractors and sub-contractors; and an indication of how the projects will be monitored.
The OCG says it will publish a full report of its findings on the Government’s administration of the JEEP in the interest of the public.
The government says some 5,000 Jamaicans are to get work under the JEEP.
The government says the first phase will cost $1.2 billion and will focus on labour intensive projects.