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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has expressed confidence that the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Council will carry out its work in a manner that will make Jamaica proud.

The Prime Minister, who was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the Caribbean Estates housing development on Wednesday (June 17), noted that while the CMU has faltered and deviated from proper operating standards “the worth of the institution is still there”.

He said that a “strong look” was taken on the university to decide its future and a decision taken to strengthen its governance system.

“We made a decision to put in place the strongest management that we can find, with the best governance rules, and I believe we have reached a good place now where we have put in place a very strong Council,” he said.

The Prime Minister said he has advised the Council to provide the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament, with all the available information, “because they have a job to do”.

“It must go through and ferret out all the issues, totally ventilate them, bring it out into the public, get that behind you, but now is the time that we must allow for the building of an institution that is valuable,” Mr. Holness said.

The Professor Gordon Shirley-chaired Council, appointed in January, is mandated to establish a governance committee in accordance with recommendations outlined in the special report of Auditor General, Pamela Monroe Ellis.

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