General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party Horace Chang has revealed that the recent Contractor General Report has not validated the often repeated assertion that the Flood Mitigation and Drain Cleaning Program by the government last year was a political ploy and that the government used it to repay political favours.
Dr Chang noted: “Interestingly, the report revealed that more PNP held communities (506) were cleaned than JLP communities (425). “The program was executed based on need and not on any political considerations. If we hadn’t done the program the impact of the rains last year would have been more devastating”.
Dr Chang also pointed out that the OCG report has not validated the assertion that the program was an 800-million-dollar program rather than a 600-million-dollar program, “A lot of misinformation was spread and we are glad that the OCG used the opportunity to clear them up. The OCG found no evidence to substantiate the claim that contracts given were for repayment of political favours and that is an important point”.
Dr Chang says the public should note that the OCG did not find any corruption in the program. “We take note of the recommendations related to the procurement process. The government will examine the report in detail and give it the consideration it deserves. We thank the OCG for his work.