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Holness should see Petrojam report as a gift

Friday, December 07, 2018

Dear Editor,

It is not often that politicians get the opportunity to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Both the People's National Party (PNP) then the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have perfected the art of corruption and have intricately, like a surgeon performing a life- threatening surgery, gutted some of the country's assets by way of creating political feeding troughs, one of which is Petrojam.

Petrojam was created decades ago as an oil refinery, presumably with good intentions. In 2006 the company became partners with the Government of Venezuela, one of the largest oil producers in the world; now one of the poorest countries. Does that send a message to us?

Government cannot and should not run business entities, especially a multi-billion US-dollar entity.

What of oil-rich Trinidad? Are the citizens beneficiaries of that country's oil wealth? How is the economy?

Why are we among the countries paying highest for fuel at the pump? Is it that it costs too much to convert the crude to gas? Something just does not add up here and needs immediate action.

The country owes a world of credit to Philip Paulwell, of youthful exuberance fame, for highlighting the corruption. Paulwell and the PNP will soon realise that the truth has no expiration date, and the public will soon know who created the corruption bed that both parties operated. Both parties have wallowed in the slush of corruption. Yet the politically blinkered could now revel in the fact that the JLP is caught in the web of Petrojam scandal.

Is Prime Minister Andrew Holness willing to address the country through the Parliament and inform us what actions he and his Government plan to take regarding the hive of corruption at Petrojam over the years?

Prime Minister Holness, do you realise you have been handed a gift? Clean up Petrojam and renew your mandate. The odds are currently overwhelming in your favour, the fate of your tenure and the country rests solely with you, but the electorate has feminine propensities, among them fickleness.


Tony Miles