Friday 10 July, 2020

NESOL boss resigns, cites 'attacks' after admission of drug charge

The managing director of the state-run National Energy Solutions Limited, Carolyn Warren has tendered her resignation from the entity, stating that "vicous attacks" since her admission of a 25-year-old drug conviction has taken a sizeable toll on her and her family.

Warren tendered her resignation on Wednesday.

"The sustained and in many cases spurious attacks, via both social and electronic media, have taken a tremendous toll on my family and I. Many claims made are untrue. However, this issue has now cast a cloud around the good work which has been taking place at the National Energy Solutions, NESOL," Warren said in a statement.

"Consequently, to avoid prolonging this unfortunate and deeply painful situation, on July 25, 2018, I submitted my resignation as Managing Director at NESOL," she said.

Prior to Warren's admission, the parliamentary Opposition had alleged that she failed to disclose that she was convicted for a drug offence at the time she was employed by NESOL in 2016, and called for her firing from the entity.

The information was used to pile pressure on the embattled former Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley, under whose former portfolio NESOL falls, accusing him of a lack of accountability in the performance of his duties.

While admitting to the "mistake", Warren said has dedicated the past 25 years to turning her life around, including working with young people to ensure they don't make the same mistake she did.

She vowed to "rebuild" her life after the latest setback.

"With the help of God, I will rebuild my life. I again urge people not only in Jamaica but across the world who have infringed or made mistakes in the past not to give up despite the trying circumstances which may prevail regardless of tangible efforts they may have made to become a good citizen and contribute positively to their country," Warren said.

"I wish to thank the Board for having afforded me the opportunity to serve and extend gratitude to my friends and family who have stood by me in this trying time," she added.

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