Englerston MP calls for thorough examination of Oban by committee

Englerston MP calls for thorough examination of Oban by committee
Member of Parliament for Englerston, Glenys Hanna-Martin.

Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin moved a motion in Parliament Wednesday evening, for a select committee to examine all matters related to the controversial Oban Energies project.

Hanna-Martin told House members that it must be determine whether there was an intentional misleading of the House of Assembly (HOA), in relation to the project by the government.

“The committee must review the circumstances related to the heads of agreement (HOA) and if the House was misled and, they must be given the power to send for papers or persons,” Hanna-Martin said.

Opposition members along with the wider public have been highly critical of government’s handling of the project.

Weeks after the signing of the February 19 Oban Energies HOA, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis admitted that a number of missteps were made.

Following that, Oban Energies president Satpal Dhunna explained exclusively to Eyewitness News that, his interpretation of the missteps was the signing of the HOA.

He insisted, however, that the company should not be discredited for what it is trying to achieve in the $5.5 billion oil refinery and storage facility, which is expected to create jobs and spur economic growth in Grand Bahama.

In addressing the issue in Parliament several weeks ago, Hanna Martin accused the government of doing business with a “cornucopia of crooks”.

Select committees are one of the key ways in which Parliament makes sure the government explains or justifies its agenda.