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G2K expresses grave concern over Youth and Culture Portfolio

G2K | 2014-01-24 00:00:00

Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has expressed grave concern over what it describes as the shambolic state of affairs at the Ministry of Youth and Culture.

The Organisation indicated that based on reports reaching its office, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission still owes millions in unpaid bills and is facing the departure of another Board Chairman, which would follow very closely on the heels of the resignation of Fae Ellington as Board Chairman in August 2013.

G2K added that since November 2012, the National Centre for Youth Development has been without a permanent Executive Director, after the sudden transfer of Roberta Brown - Ellis in Youth Month. Further reports also indicate that recently appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Sydney Bartley is no longer acting in that capacity.

“This sounds like chaos”, said Ronique Rhoden, Vice President of the Organisation, “these sudden departures, the lack of explanation and a seemingly callous approach to the huge debt of the JCDC is seriously impairing the ability of the Ministry to effectively function. The people of Jamaica deserve better.”

The Organisation called upon the Minister to give the nation a frank explanation concerning the happenings at the Ministry.

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