RJR News /
The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) has weighed in on the growing controversy surrounding the purchase of vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), calling for the Contractor General and the Prime Minister to intervene.
Howard Mitchell, newly elected president of the PSOJ, believes the report out of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee raises questions, not only in relation to the procurement process applied, but also the technical evaluation that was done in awarding the contract and determining the type of vehicles to be supplied.
“The manner in which the contract award and management has been handled speaks strongly to the need for public sector reform and efficiency in the government institutions,” he told RJR News .
He added that there appeared to have been “a difference in treatment for this contractor to other potential contractors who had bid.”
Neither was it acceptable, he said, that there was a special waiver for this contractor, “based on his inability to calculate his bid properly and his inability to pay the GCT.”
Additionally, Mitchell said the PSOJ was concerned that the JCF may be given defective vehicles or vehicles which may become defective, because of the trust level the issue has arisen.
The PSOJ found it unacceptable, he said, that after so much concern had been expressed when these vehicles were being ordered, there are still issues surrounding delivery time and the suitability of the vehicles for the police.
There was clearly a need for accountability in this matter he said, and for National Security Minister Robert Montague to respond to public concerns, setting out “what remedial steps are to be taken in the matter.”