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New NHT chair would not have approved Outameni purchase

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Chairman of the board of the National Housing Trust (NHT), Dr Carlton Davis, has indicated that he would not have made the decision to purchase the $180-million Outameni property in Trelawny, had he been at the helm of the housing body when the board discussed whether to acquire the controversial attraction.

"It is not the approach I would have taken in dealing with this matter, and that, in the circumstance, it is not an area within the NHT's core competence. My own preferred orientation is to sell or lease the property as soon as possible," Davis told members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday.




Commenting on the way forward, Davis said the board had asked the Properties Review Committee of the NHT to consider the options in relation to the Outameni property.

He, however, advised the committee that the most likely decision is that the NHT will put the Outameni property up for sale or lease.

Committee member Everald Warmington commended the new board for its approach in dealing with the Outameni affair, noting that the previous board had refused to admit that it made a blunder.

"We learn from these experiences and try to put the governance system in place that there will be no recurrence," Davis assured the committee.

The decision to purchase the property was made in December 2012, a month before the NHT conducted a site assessment in January 2013.