Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | February 7, 2013
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Holness wants answers
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OPPOSITION LEADER Andrew Holness wants the Portia Simpson Miller administration to tell the country whether her government plans to appeal the ruling of the Supreme Court in the dismissal of an application made by Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies.

The decision was handed down last Friday by Supreme Court Judge Lennox Campbell.

The transport minister was seeking leave to go to the Judicial Review Court to challenge a decision of the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).

In particular, Davies was seeking leave for the review court to determine whether the oversight body had jurisdiction to requisition the three-member independent oversight panel monitoring three major infrastructure government projects.

The projects are the development of the Gordon Cay Container Trans-shipment Hub, the development of the Fort Augusta Container Terminal and a logistics centre, and the north-south link of Highway 2000.

Tabling questions in Parliament on Tuesday for the prime minister to answer in the next three weeks, Holness also wanted to know if Simpson Miller would now direct the ministers and ministries under their charge to comply with the requests made by the OCG.

For nearly eight months, requisitions made by the OCG have been stalled by the Cabinet pending a ruling from the Supreme Court.

And Holness wants Simpson Miller to tell the country whether her government would amend the Contractor General's Act "in line with the application made by the minister".

 

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