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AUDIO: Housing Agency of Jamaica board resigns

Published:Wednesday | March 12, 2014 | 8:37 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Maureen Webber-led board of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) has resigned in the wake of the mass departure of senior managers and allegations of political victimisation.




The board’s decision followed Monday’s sudden resignation of Managing Director Carl Bennett, after only three months on the Job.



Bennett was the third person to resign from the position since July last year and is among a long list of senior managers who have left the agency in recent months.



And 31 other employees have also left the HAJ voluntarily and otherwise, leaving unionised staff restive and claiming political victimisation on the part of the board.



Yesterday, Maureen Webber told the Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night that the board members tendered their resignations about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon.



She says she decided to resign as board chair to allow the Housing Minister space to act.



She also says comments in the media and by staff at the agency have been affecting her children.



Webber says she believes criticisms of her leadership style stemmed from the fact that she was a woman heading an agency in a male-dominated industry.



She says she does not believe a man would have faced the level of resistance she has at the HAJ.



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