Peoples National Party (PNP) Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, has described the Prime Minister’s response to the Petrojam report as ‘Wishy-Washy’, and ‘inadequate’, as he addressed journalists at the party’s headquarters yesterday.
Dr. Phillips said he is not impressed with Andrew Holness’ response to the findings of the auditor general and called for a full forensic audit of Petrojam. He said the audit should include the period when the PNP formed the Government.
According to Phillips, Holness has limited the forensic audit to the lost of oil which reportedly cost $5.2 billion between 2013 and 2018. Phillips said he wants the audit to cover the entire Petrojam operation.
And the Opposition Leader also renewed their call for the Prime Minister to immediately appoint a new Energy Minister. Dr Phillips said Holness has been overseeing the energy portfolio which seems to be in limbo.
The opposition leader said there are issues within the energy portfolio which require urgent attention, some of which have been highlighted in the auditor general’s report.
Meanwhile Dr. Phillips also called for the sacking of the board of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), the parent company for Petrojam, and other entities that fall within the energy portfolio.
Following the announcement by Minister Holness yesterday that the JLP Central Executive voted to allow the PAAC to query the AGDs report, Dr Phillips has warned that the opposition’s cooperation in Parliament maybe threatened withdraw their support and cooperation in Parliament, if the report is not tabled soon.
Dr Phillips was speaking at a press conference called by the PNP, following the address by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on the damning report of Petrojam by the AGD.