REDjet, the self styled low cost airline of the Caribbean, launched its service to Jamaica on Monday, November 21, 2011.
In a statement released to the media and staff, the Minister said, “In light of the ongoing attacks on the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), which continue despite the Prime Minister and I having acted to address the issue, as the line minister, I take full responsibility for the issues which have arisen, and today (November 29) tendered my resignation as Minister of Transport and Works with immediate effect.”
“There is nothing to hide about my stewardship of the JDIP, which is very important to the country, and I look forward to the conclusion of the ongoing investigations.”
“I thank all concerned for their support over the years I occupied the position as a member of the Cabinet, especially Central Clarendon which I represent in parliament, and from where I will be focusing more of my energy at this time.”
In the meantime, Hon. Shahine Robinson will take over as the new Minister of Transport and Works. She will assume duties on Thursday, December 1, 2011. Additionally, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Alwin Hales has proceeded on vacation leave; Mrs. Audrey Sewell, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education will take over that position in the Ministry of Transport and Works.