Monday 21 September, 2020

Petrojam Report: $6m Camperdown donation requested by Paulwell flagged

Phillip Paulwell

Phillip Paulwell

The Integrity Commission, in its report on its special probe into the activities at the scandal-hit Petrojam, raised questions about a $6 million donation to Camperdown High School by the oil refinery. The money was to be used to construct a mini stadium at the east Kingston-based school.

According to the Commission, the request for the donation was made by Phillip Paulwell, the Opposition Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal who told the Commission’s Director of Investigation (DI) that the letter he wrote soliciting the donation “…was done on the advice of the then Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley.

However, in its report, the Commission stated that neither Paulwell nor Valentine Bailey, principal of Camperdown High School have been able to provide the Integrity Commission with banking information to prove that more than $4 million, part proceeds of funds donated to the school by the Petrojam oil refinery, was placed in an interest-bearing account.

According to the Commission, it was advised by Bailey that no construction was undertaken to upgrade the school’s sporting facility as the donation was not enough to commence the work.

“Mr Phillip Paulwell …informed the DI that only a portion of the donation to Camperdown high school was expended … and that the balance is held on an interest bearing account at National Commercial Bank (NCB).

“The amount which was expended was $1,756,000.00 for the provision of surveying and architectural services,” said the Commission.

However, it said the DI was not provided with any official banking records by Paulwell or Bailey, to confirm the balance that was reportedly held at NCB.

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