Tuesday 26 May, 2020

PAAC to give 2-week notice for no-shows Buchanan, Warren to reappear

Suzette Camille Buchanan

Suzette Camille Buchanan

Chairman of Parliament’s Public Administration and Administration Committee (PAAC), Dr Wykeham McNeill, on Wednesday said the former heads of two state-run entities that have been in the grips of a corruption scandal linked to the former Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, are to be given two weeks to reappear before the committee.

The respective board chairmen of the entities will also be given two weeks to appear, McNeill said.

Specifically, the PAAC wants the former Managing Director of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL), Carolyn Warren, and the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Universal Service Fund (USF), Suzette Camille Buchanan, to reappear to answer additional questions.

Carolyn Warren

Buchanan and Warren were no-shows at Wednesday’s sitting of the PAAC, to which they were requested to reappear, having each faced the committee since the scandal arose.

However, both women sent apologies and cited short notice for their absence.

Chairman of the USF, Robert Lawrence, and Chairman of the NESOL Board, Oswald Williams, were also not in attendance at Wednesday’s sitting of the PAAC.

To facilitate availability for further questioning, McNeill said the individuals will be given two-week notices to attend a committee sitting.

“My own opinion on this is that the responses have indicated their willingness, a disposition to come, and therefore I think, the first move on our part is to give adequate time. And so it’s my intention to ask the clerk to the committee to write them, and I think that we should give two weeks’ notice. We will have the discussions in two weeks,’ McNeill said.

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