Prime Minister, the Hon. Andrew Holness has taken temporary control of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) with a view to reviewing and improving the operating, accounting, reporting and general management structures of the project.
The services of an independent consulting firm are being procured to provide oversight, and quality assurance to determine value for money. The Independent Consultant will operate from the Office of the Prime Minister and provide technical advice on project prioritization, evaluate the various work activities, review payment certificates and work orders, as well as, provide project management oversight of JDIP.
The Prime Minister will give Ministerial direction for the JDIP during this period. No new work orders will be issued for works which have not already been approved and funded.
To pave the way for improved governance arrangements and management safeguards at the National Works Agency, the Minister of Transport and Works has requested, received, and accepted the resignation of the Chief Executive Officer of the National Works Agency with immediate effect. An interim head will be named shortly.