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No word yet on crucial NHT board meeting

Published:Monday | November 10, 2014 | 7:07 PM

There is no word yet on the deliberation by board members of the National Housing Trust (NHT) amid mounting criticism their decision to purchase a Trelawny attraction.

The board began meeting shortly after noon and up to a short while ago, board member, Senator Lambert Brown, said his colleagues were still in talks.

He said a press release would be issued when the meeting ends.

The NHT has been facing heavy criticism over its 2013 decision to purchase the Outameni Experience for $180 million with a further $111 million to be spent on refurbishing work.

The NHT’s management has defended the decision saying it is an investment.

However, the Opposition and numerous civil society groups have condemned it as a wrong move at a time when more Jamaicans are in need of affordable housing.

The Private Sector Organisation of the Jamaica and the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association have called for the Contractor General and the Auditor General to probe the matter.

A copy of the minutes of a meeting at which the decision was made, revealed that the NHT chairman, Easton Douglas, ignored a report from an internal body which indicated that the purchase was outside of the mandate of the Trust to provide affordable housing solutions.

The Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is expected to answer questions in parliament tomorrow about the purchase.


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