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CAPI says NHT operating without ministerial supervision

Published:Wednesday | November 12, 2014 | 9:06 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Lobby group, Citizens’ Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI) is charging that the National Housing Trust (NHT) is operating without ministerial supervision.

Co-convenor, Dennis Meadows, is also accusing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller of paying scant regard for her ministerial role.

Meadows’ comments follow yesterday’s admission by Simpson Miller that she did not know about the NHT’s $180 million purchase of the Outameni property in Trelawny until it was reported by the media.

According to him, an acquisition the size of the Outameni property would have needed her approval and should have been brought to her attention when the NHT provided her with its yearly financial plan.

"We have a government that is on auto pilot," Meadows said.

Yesterday Simpson Miller explained that the NHT has not acquired the attraction Outameni Experience, but the property on which it is located, a generator, a fuel tank and office furniture.

Simpson Miller said it was never intended that the property be operated as an attraction.

But Opposition spokesman on finance, Audley Shaw, insisted there were grey areas in the purchase as, based on the valuation documents, the price included the purchase of the entire attraction and not just land.

He also pointed to a document which stated that the NHT board had been looking to reopen the Outameni attraction in 2014.

Meadows says Simpson Miller’s explanations yesterday have resulted in more questions than answers.


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