Transport Minister Mike Henry resigns

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Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry last night submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Andrew Holness as the flood of concerns over the management of projects by the National Works Agency (NWA) continued. Henry's decision came on the heels of yesterday's revelation during Parliament's Public Accounts Committee that more than $60 million was spent on furniture for the NWA's offices, in addition to the $102 million refurbishing that sparked controversy after it was revealed in the auditor general's special report on the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP). "In light of the ongoing attacks on the 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 tendered my resignation as minister of transport and works with immediate effect," Henry said in a late night release. He becomes the second casualty of what is a deepening JDIP scandal, after former NWA CEO Patrick Wong was forced to resign. "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." Henry added: "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."
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