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Paulwell says Contractor General unfairly questions his integrity
2013-09-25 20:46:44 | (0 Comments)
Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell believes his integrity has been unfairly brought into question by comments from the Contractor General about his role in the bidding process for the 360 megawatt energy project.
In a report released last Tuesday, the Office of the Contractor General, OCG, said one of four bidders, Energy World International, benefited from what it labelled as the irregular and improper intervention of Mr. Paulwell.
The Office of Utilities Regulation, OUR, announced the following day that Azurest Cambridge Power was the preferred bidder despite calls for the process to be halted in light of the OCG's report.
In a detailed response today, the Energy Minister lashed the Contractor General Dirk Harrison for accusing a minister of government of inappropriate and irregular conduct without, he states, having all the information.
The OCG had argued that a proposal by Energy World International (EWI) was not sent to the OUR within the time frame for the submission of bids earlier this year.
The Contractor General also argued that documentary evidence shows that other prospective investors were not accorded an opportunity to meet with the Minister as was the case with EWI.
But the OCG said it stood to be corrected on that matter.
Mr. Paulwell says the OCG’s only proper course of action must be to ascertain the facts before questioning his character.
He say at no time did Mr. Harrison ask if he had met with other investors.
The energy minister says the inclusion of the bid from Energy World International was sanctioned by the Cabinet.
Paulwell also reiterates that it is his right and duty as a government minister to meet with any person in the pursuit of legitimate business with Jamaica.
The energy minister adds that he would never interfere or influence any formal process by the OUR which is an independent body.
Mr. Pauwell has sent copies of his response to several Government entities including the OCG, Director of Public Prosecutions and the Auditor General.
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