Saturday 30 May, 2020

Petrojam general manager steps down

Floyd Grindley

Floyd Grindley

Floyd Grindley, the General Manager of the scandal-hit Petrojam oil refinery, has agreed to demit office.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement during a presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday evening.

Grindley is a casualty of the scandal that has engulfed Petrojam recently. The scandal has resulted in the removal of the energy portfolio from Minister of Science, Technology and Energy, Dr Andrew Wheatley, with energy now in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

In a report from which Holness read, it was noted that Grindley was at the helm of the company when a number of malpractices and improprieties occurred.

In his presentation, Holness said the Cabinet has accepted that under the stewardship of the previous board of the entity, a number of guidelines and regulations were breached. The Jamaican members of that board have since resigned, and have been replaced.

Holness said the new board has been tasked with the responsibilities of correcting a number of issues that the report pointed to, including human resources, while stemming the accusations of corruption, nepotism and questionable spending at the entity.

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