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Petrojam general manager resigns with immediate effect

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Howard Mollison has resigned with immediate effect as general manager of Petrojam just over a year after his appointment.

In an email he sent to staff yesterday afternoon, Mollison said his resignation had nothing to do with his performance.

"My tenure at Petrojam has come to an end effective immediately," he advised in the email obtained by The Gleaner.

"Please let me state without fear of contradiction that there is no issue of concern regarding my performance or the prudential management of the company during my tenure," he said.




Mollison told the staff that as a parting gift, their incentive payment would be made by the end of this month.

The former vice-president at telecommunications firm LIME, now FLOW, was appointed general manager in March last year.

In April, both the Industrial Disputes Tribunal and the Labour Ministry intervened in a dispute between workers represented by the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees and management over issues relating to work conditions and salaries.

Months before, Petrojam was forced to defend its systems over the bad gas saga.

The company has also faced questions in the past about its pricing system.

Noting that Mollison was appointed on a two-year contract, Petrojam explained in a statement that the departure was to "facilitate the return of Winston Watson to his substantive post as general manager of Petrojam, following the end of the period of his secondment to the Petroleum Corporation". It also said it was part of the contract that Mollison would leave when Watson's secondment ended.

Petrojam is a limited liability company and falls under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology. It is jointly owned by PDVCaribe, a subsidiary of PetrÛleos de Venezuela and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.