Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Phillips alleges misuse of public funds at Education Ministry

Dr Peter Phillips

Dr Peter Phillips

The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is alleging the misuse of public funds by the Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

To this end, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips is urging Auditor General, Pamela Monroe Ellis, to immediately investigate the matter.

“The Opposition is aware of issues of cronyism, nepotism and corruption at the CMU and how funds allocated from HEART NTA to the Ministry for the Career Advancement Programme and the TVET Rationalization Programme are being utilised,” Phillips said in a statement on Monday.

“The Opposition is aware and had been receiving information that politically connected persons have been employed as advisors, but who have not been operational or doing any work and collecting hefty salaries, which is a clear case of misuse of public funds,” Phillips added.

He said these allegations on the surface require further investigation by the appropriate authorities and as such the opposition is calling on the Auditor General’s office to conduct such an investigation and report to the parliament and the people of Jamaica.

Having hammered the government on corruption matters over the better part of the last 12 months, Phillips said: “Enough is enough; the issue of corruption, nepotism and cronyism in the government and its agencies must stop, and the Jamaican people need to know what is happening to their money.” 

The opposition leader said it was time to “expose those who are taking advantage of the atmosphere of maladministration and are lining their pockets out of the public purse.”

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