Sun | Aug 19, 2018

Holness: OPM not absorbing science and technology portfolio

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has clarified that the Ministry of Science and Technology has not been moved to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). However, he will continue to maintain oversight of that ministry for at least two weeks while he reviews the relevant boards, systems, and procedures.

Yesterday, the prime minister continued his review of boards from the Ministry of Science and Technology as well as the Ministry of Energy.

According to a press release from the OPM yesterday, in his address to board members of the relevant entities, Holness thanked them for their service to Jamaica. He stressed the importance of all boards functioning with transparency, probity, and accountability.

The prime minister advised board members that the review was being done "to ensure that policy guidelines are followed and that the actions of the boards and the entities fall within the governance framework established by the Government.

Since yesterday, Holness has met with the boards of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, the Government Electrical Regulator Joint Task Force - Petrojam Refinery Upgrade Project, eGov, the Scientific Research Council, the Postal Corporation of Jamaica, NESol, and the Spectrum Management Authority.