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Published:Thursday | May 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Education officers want improved working conditions

There is discontent among education officers, who are demanding that Education Minister Ronald Thwaites address long-standing matters which continue to affect them.

In a four-page letter to Thwaites, the Jamaica Association of Education Officers pointed to a number of issues they claim continue to affect their ability to perform their work effectively.

Among the association's concerns are the lack of benefits, poor working conditions and lack of proper facilities and supervisory team.

OCG wants copy of JDIP audit

The consultant recruited by the Portia Simpson Miller administration to conduct a forensic audit into the US$400-million Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) has been directed by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) to submit his reports to the contract oversight body.

Transport, Works and Housing Minister Dr Omar Davies revealed yesterday that Christie wrote to the consultant directing him to submit all his reports to him.

"The consultant was taken aback since he had no formal relationship with the Contractor General but I, through the permanent secretary, advised him to comply with the request and the inception report has been sent to the contractor general," said Davies.

Furniture bought with road funds cleared for use

Furniture in 40-foot containers valued at J$62 million which came under the microscope of the Office of the Contractor General from as early as November 2011 is now being distributed to offices of the National Works Agency (NWA) and the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.

The NWA had acquired the furniture utilising funds which were allocated for the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Works Project.

Questions were raised about the manner in which the furniture was procured.

At yesterday's meeting of Parliament's Standing Finance Committee, Transport, Works and Housing Minister Dr Omar Davies said the furniture had been distributed for use in the ministry and NWA.