Jamaica Observer / Carolyn Warren, the managing director of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) who Phillip Paulwell has called on the prime minister to fire because of a drug offence, has admitted that she does have a conviction. Warren admitted to the conviction Thursday night, saying that it happened in 1993 and that she was given a suspended sentence.
She said that for the past 25 years of her life she had dedicated herself to working with young people to ensure they don’t make the same mistake she did.
Since then, she has turned her life around, gone back to school and earned an undergraduate degree in management and is now currently pursuing a Master’s degree in business administration. She also said she spent years in the private sector and has developed a reputation for her dedication and professionalism.
“I spent 14 years at Nationwide News Network rising to a sales manager. I also worked at a major financial institution for many years and I have also done major work with other large businesses in Jamaica after my mistake,” Warren said in a statement.
“I am dedicated to my church, my family and the many people I work with over the years,” she said, adding that she has applied to have her record expunged.
“I am not the same person I was 25 years ago. I made a mistake, I paid for it then, and I suspect I will pay for it the rest of my life,” she said.
“Whatever my fate, I will continue to work in my church and make a contribution to young people to ensure that others are not mislead and make the same mistake I did 25 years ago. I did not disclose my mistake of 25 years ago because I know most persons would judge me by that past mistake and for that I also apologise. I am not the same person I was 25 years ago, but if must pay for that mistake again with this job I will do so and rebuild my life once again with the help of God,” Warren said.
Paulwell, the Opposition People’s National Party spokesman on energy had earlier Thursday night called Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his capacity as minister of energy, to immediately relieve Warren of her duties because she has a record of conviction for drug trafficking.
Paulwell had said that police and intelligence sources had confirmed Warren’s drug conviction and that she had “spent some three years in prison for trafficking in cocaine”.
According to Paulwell, “this was just another example of the lack of accountability by Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley in the performance of his duties as minister of energy and reason why he should be dismissed by the prime minister without further delay”.
Paulwell also said the board of directors of NESOL was culpable as it was clear that no due diligence and fit and proper criteria were applied in selecting Warren as head of such an important company in the Government of Jamaica. The board, he said, should disclose whether Warren had made any declarations to them of her past conviction and reasons for confirming her employment as managing director.