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PM started looking for new NHT board members two weeks ago

Published:Tuesday | November 25, 2014 | 8:54 AM

It appears Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was considering changing the composition of the board of the National Housing Trust (NHT) from as early as two weeks ago.



Yesterday, the Office of the Prime Minister announced four new board members, following a Cabinet meeting at Jamaica House.



Retired actuary, Daisy Coke, has been appointed deputy chairperson.



The other members are chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson; Past President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Clayton Hall; and Vice president of the Northern Caribbean University, Pastor Michael Harvey.



They replace Brenda Cuthbert, Kavan Gayle and Helene Davis White, who resigned last week, in the wake of the Outameni controversy and calls for the entire board to be sacked.



However, speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre, last evening, Clayton Hall, indicated he had been approached by the Prime Minister even before these resignations had been announced.






The NHT board has been plunged into controversy following the revelation that the entity spent $180 million to purchase the property housing the Outameni Experience attraction in Trelawny.



The board has been accused of neglecting the NHT’s mandate by purchasing an attraction, but Mrs. Simpson Miller, who has responsibility for the NHT, has said it is only the physical property which has been bought.



However, Hall says he is willing to serve despite the current controversy.



The OPM says the new appointees and the existing directors will continue to serve until the life of the current Board expires on April 2, 2015.



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