Friday 30 October, 2020

UNC: Petrotrin Chairman's resignation signals poor governance

Resignations by top ranking officials from State boards, including the recent resignation of Andrew Jupiter as Chairman of Petrotrin, coupled with a number of firings by Government have raised concerns and red-flags surrounding the governance style of the current administration.  

Commenting on Jupiter’s resignation United National Congress (UNC) Chairman David Lee said it clearly demonstrates that the current administration is one of constant resignations, dismissals and relentless poor governance.

The former Chairman’s resignation came as Government is due to announce the revised approach for the State-owned company’s operations.

Based on the timing of Jupiter’s resignation, Lee said it has to be asked whether his resignation was due to a disagreement with the proposed operational plans for Petrotrin or a stance against some form of mismanagement within the company.

According to the UNC, Jupiter is the 20th public official appointed by Government to have either resigned or been fired within the 23 months of the tenure of the current administration.

“It is quite appalling that at least 9 Government appointed State Board Chairmen have stepped aside in this short period of time including; Helen Drayton (CNMG), Denise Demming (TDC), Michael Phillips (Sport Company), Christine Sahadeo (Port Authority), Trevor Lynch (CEPEP), Anthony Pierre (CDA), Arnold Pigott (EFCL), Terrence Beepath (PTSC) and now Andrew Jupiter.

These resignations and dismissals have raised many concerns and red-flags surrounding the style of Governance executed by the current Administration.”

Lee said the constant institutional hemorrhage of Government appointed leadership erodes the stability needed by State Companies at this time to progress.

He questioned whether the reason for a lack of development throughout the state sector is as a result of this leadership crisis.

Lee said the Government has to provide some kind of justification for the state of affairs as “never in the history of our nation has the public sector experienced so many public officials exiting public office in such a short space of time”.

He added that the nation deserves to be given a reason for the number of the dismissals; whether they were the wrong people selected for the job, or they were dismissed because they refused to “bow to the pressure of violating the principles of transparency and accountability from respective line Ministers”.

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