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G2K wants private sector to take action against Government

Published:Wednesday | November 26, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor – Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The young professional arm of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is urging private sector and civil society groups to take strong action against the Government in the wake of the Outameni controversy.

The Government and the National Housing Trust (NHT) have been facing severe criticism in the last three weeks following news that the NHT has purchased the Trelawny property for $180 million.

There has been pressure for the Prime Minister to sack the NHT board amid claims that the purchase does not fall within the mandate of the NHT.

However, while three members of the board have resigned, the Prime Minister has refused to dismiss the others, instead naming four new members to the board.

The JLP’s young professional affiliate, Generation 2000 (G2K) says the Prime Minister has shown disrespect to Jamaicans, and civil society and private sector groups should take action.

G2K president, Floyd Green says the groups should consider withholding support to the Government and reconsider how they deal with NHT contributions.

Green says the G2K is also currently holding consultations on what action it can take to get the Government to send a clear message to Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller.

Yesterday, the Opposition members of the House of Representatives staged a walk out after being told Simpson Miller would not answer questions on the Outameni acquisition.

At a press conference after the walkout, Opposition leader, Andrew Holness said the Opposition would not sit on any parliamentary committees until a satisfactory response comes from the Prime Minister.

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