DR. Andrew Wheatley has fired back at the Integrity Commission after it released a report that implicated the Former Science and Energy Minister, telling them to retract their baseless and spurious allegations.
In a release to the media Wheatley made it clear he did nothing wrong and addressed a number of the claims made in the report.
In seeking to address the issues he said: “Though i have not had a chance to read it, I have heard media reports, in which parts of the report call into question my honesty, character and reputation. I categorically deny any wrongdoing or dishonesty, as well as refute the claims of nepotism,”he said.
He went on: “Specifically, I would like to address two matters. Firstly that of Ms Sophia Deer. During the interview mentioned in the Integrity Commissions’ report, I was never asked about any familial or historic link to Ms Deer, I was only asked about her competencies, ability to serve and the capacity in which she served.
I answered ALL questions posed to me in a truthful and forthright manner. I could NOT answer questions that I was not asked. I remained available to answer any subsequent questions that may have arisen. There was no impropriety on my part.”
“Secondly, it is being circulated that I knew the members that were assigned to the Board of Petrojam and alluded to some sort of collusion. I am unaware of any public board (appointed by a Minister of Government under any administration), without the vast majority of its members being known by the Minister. Being in a position of trust, I appointed persons who had previously demonstrated the ability to serve, were qualified and of solid character and reputation. It must be noted that ALL public Boards are subject to the approval of Cabinet.”
He challenged the Integrity Commission findings.
“The assertions being made by the Integrity Commission are damaging, spurious and belligerent. They are baseless and should be retracted immediately.”