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G2K outraged at Minister’s attempts to bully OCG

G2K | 2014-04-30 00:00:00

Generation 2000 (G2K), the Young Professional Affiliate of the Jamaican Labour Party has expressed outrage at what it describes as attempts by Minister Phillip Paulwell to bully the Contractor General into modifying his position on Energy World International's (EWI) irregular participation in the bidding process for the establishment of a 381 megawatts LNG power plant in Jamaica.

“There is no need for any clarification or modification of the OCG’s position.  The Contractor General was unequivocal in his finding. For the minister to even make such a suggestion is a clear attempt to exert undue influence on an independent commission of parliament. This suggestion cannot and should not be countenanced” said Floyd Green, President of G2K.

IDB rules remain unchanged

The organization has posited the view that even a modification to the Contractor General’s position will not bring the process in line with the International Development Bank’s (IDB) guidelines. The IDB is guided by general policy considerations that emphasize the importance of transparency in the procurement policy.

The organization also noted that the findings by the OCG that EWI’s bid was allowed after the deadline for submission of all proposals and that the bid was shortlisted by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and not by the consultant hired to undertake an assessment of all other bids are irrefutable and make the process very irregular and not transparent.

OCG must be protected

The organization has taken note of Minister Paulwell’s further pronouncements to change the procurement guidelines to suit himself. This is in keeping with the PNP's onslaught against transparency and accountability, as was exhibited by the administration’s refusal to comply with the OCG’s lawful requisitions regarding the North-South link of Highway 2000, the divestment of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) and the blatant disregard given to the OCG’s report on the Richard Azan/ Spaulding Market affair.

Generation 2000 is calling on the Prime Minister to state categorically whether her administration intends to stay true to its pre-election promise to strengthen the Office of the Contractor General or whether steps are being taken to reduce the power of the office.

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