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  • Cabinet on Monday, March 17, approved the appointment of a new Board for the Housing Agency of Jamaica, HAJ.
  • The new HAJ board is to be chaired by the former Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Derick Latibeaudiere.
  • Appointment of the new Board follows the resignation of the previous Board last week, which was headed by Ms. Maureen Webber.

Cabinet on Monday, March 17, approved the appointment of a new Board for the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), to be chaired by the former Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Derick Latibeaudiere.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon Omar Davies made the disclosure during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 18.

The other Board members are: Banker, Mr. Norman Reid; Senior General Manager at the National Housing Trust, Mr. Donald Moore; Quantity Surveyor and Head of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), Mrs. Lucille Brodber; Senior Public Servant, Mrs. Maureen Vernon; Public Management Consultant, Jerron Green; Attorney at Law, Ms. Susan Lawrence; and Financial Analyst, Mr. Kenarthur Mitchell.

Appointment of the new Board follows the resignation of the previous Board last week, which was headed by Ms. Maureen Webber.

“I have taken the decision to appoint a small Board at this juncture, in order to return operations to normality as quickly as possible. In fact, the first meeting of the new Board will take place this week. In due course, after discussions with the new Chairman, additional members will be appointed,” Dr. Davies said.

The Minister also expressed his appreciation to the outgoing Board for the significant amount of work that it undertook during its tenure.

“Notwithstanding the innuendos and the rumours that have been circulated, I wish to state publicly that, at no time have I had any reason to question the integrity or competence of any member of the outgoing Board,” Dr. Davies said.

The HAJ is a land/housing development company providing shelter solutions.  It is a wholly owned government company formed in 1998 through the merger of three entities – Caribbean Housing Finance Corporation Limited (CHFC), National Housing Corporation Limited (NHC) and Operation PRIDE.