Opposition Leader and President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr. Peter Phillips is calling for a Commission of Enquiry into the Ministry of Education as well as related agencies.
Dr. Phillips made the call at an anti-corruption vigil held by the PNP in the Nelson Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, Thursday morning, July 11.
More than a thousand placard-bearing Comrades were addressed by the party President. PNP supporters and officials of the party at various points chanted ‘We are fed up’ and ‘Lock them up’.
In his brief address, Dr.Phillips says more action is needed in relation to the corruption scandals that had occurred over the three years since the Andrew Holness Administration has been in office. He said he wanted a Commissions of Enquiry to get to the bottom of the problem.
He also went on to criticize the Integrity Commission’s handling of investigations of matters before it.
“There has been not one prosecution done by them…we are not seeing anything done toward those including high officials in the Government who will not submit their integrity report,” Dr. Phillips said.
Among PNP officials at the vigil were: Opposition Spokesman on Energy Phillip Paulwell; Opposition Senators KD Knight and Damion Crawford; newly appointed Treasurer Lisa Hanna and PNP General Secretary Juliane Robinson.
The vigil, which started at 7:00 the morning, saw party members and officials along the busy thoroughfare handing out flyers to pedestrians and motorists alike. The flyers detailed allegations of corruption across several ministries and public bodies, including the Petrojam scandal, the circumstances surrounding the firing of Education Minister Ruel Reid and the reportedly connected allegations now rocking the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).