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Davies promises delivery of Bernard Lodge houses

Published:Thursday | March 13, 2014 | 10:42 AM

Housing minister Dr Omar Davies says delivery of the Bernard Lodge housing development, St Catherine, will be one of the first priorities of the new board to be appointed to the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ).



The HAJ had collected $400,000 downpayments from more than 600 successful applicants for homes in the development.



However, prospective homeowners who made deposits on units have raised concerns about delays in the project and lack of information regarding the status of the homes.



Last month it was revealed that the first set of keys would not be handed over until June, instead of the March date which had been initially given by the HAJ.



Speaking on Radio Jamaica last evening, Dr Davies sought to assure depositors that the project will not be abandoned and the units will be delivered to them in the short-term.



A new board is to be appointed to the HAJ following Tuesday’s resignation of the Maureen Webber-led board.



That moved followed Monday’s sudden resignation of Managing Director Carl Bennett after only three months on the job and a slew of other departures from the agency.



Dr Davies says he did not ask the board to resign, but the members offered to step aside and he accepted.



There had been complaints about the leadership style of Webber, but Dr Davies said he was not personally aware of that she had overstepped her authority.



Dr Lanie Marie Oakley-Williams, who is a senior general manager at the National Housing Trust has been tasked to oversee the operations of the agency.



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