RADA rejects PNP allegations concerning St. Thomas road programme

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has strongly rejected allegations made by the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) about misuse of public funds under a programme for the rehabilitation of farm roads.

Those allegations were made at a press conference on Tuesday by the PNP which called for the police to investigate the programme.

Opposition Leader Dr Phillips claimed that an investigation had revealed that contracts amounting to $1.6 billion were issued in St. Thomas alone, just for bushing.

But RADA has denied that contracts were issued under the programme only for bushing.

The agency said the contracts were also for paving, patching and grading.

It added that the rates used by RADA are consistent with those of the National Works Agency.

Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture Victor Wright is nevertheless maintaining the allegations, claiming there is documentation supporting the PNP’s claims.

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