Retired Chief Education Officer, Steve Hyacinth is the new chairman of the Integrity Commission of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Secretary to the Commission, Helen Ambo told Dominica News Online (DNO) that Hyacinth took his oath of office in April this year.
Ambo also revealed that the other members of the Commission are former school principal Thomas Holmes who was nominated by the government and attorney, Cara Shillingford, who was the nominee of the opposition United Workers Party.
The United Workers Party has not had a representative on the Integrity Commission since 2015 when parliament approved amendments to the IPO Act, without support from the the UWP parliamentary opposition .
The amendments include a reduction in the size of the Commission, which enforces the Act, from seven to three members: one from the government, one from the opposition and a chairperson appointed by the President of Dominica upon recommendation from the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. The new Commission was also given the authority to decide whether it wanted to continue with matters that were before the old Commission.
Linton was not opposed to reducing the Commission members from 7 to 5. He also said that his party did not have a problem with one Commissioner from each political party and to have the Prime Minister nominating the chairman in consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. However, he was strongly of the view that the professional bodies of law and finance (who were part of the old Commission) should continue to be represented on the Commission, “because that is where the balance is.”
Linton also recommended then, that the legislation be structured so as to give protection to whistle blowers.
UWP President Isaac Baptiste told Dominica News Online (DNO) that the party took the position, at that time, not to participate in the Commission because they were unhappy with the changes that had been made to the law.
“As a sign of protest, we did not nominate someone on the Commission but seeing that it continued, this time we nominated someone,” Baptiste said.
We tried but were unable to reach UWP political leader Lennox Linton, for further comment.
An amendment to section four of the Act which now makes it possible for some one other than an attorney-at-law, such as a Chartered Accountant “or a person who has held high administrative, managerial or executive office in the public, private or social sector,” paved the way for a retired public officer like Hyacinth to become Chairman of the Integrity Commission.
The mission of The Integrity Commission is to “promote integrity in governance by providing effective oversight of the administration of public functions in order to encourage transparency in transactions, and maintain legal compliance by persons in public life and other public officials so that public institutions will be free of corruption, and so that the highest standards of honesty, equity and fairness will be observed in the use of public resources and in the distribution of benefits for the welfare of the people of our nation.”
COVID-19: NCCU revises business hours and provision of services
10 hours ago
March 29, 2020
The NCCU Ltd., in keeping with one of our co-operative principles, “concern for the community” and in light of the current situation with COVID 19, is revising its business hours.
Our concern remains the well-being of our staff and members and it is against this background, that effective March 28, 2020, the following is being implemented:
(a) Members requiring services which are not available through the CU Online Services and at the ATMs are required to schedule an appointment.
(b) To schedule an appointment or make an enquiry, please contact us by calling the respective NCCU LTD offices and Branches as follows:
i. Head Office: 255-2172
ii. Roseau: 255-2195
iii. La Salette: 255-2227, 255-2230
iv. St. Paul: 255-2213, 255-2215, 255-2218
v. Vieille Case: 255-2241
vi. St. David’s: 255-2256
vii. Castle Bruce: 255-2264, 255-2263
We also encourage our members to utilize our digital services – CU Online Services and the use of their International Debit Card. Members who currently do not possess an ATM card NCCU Ltd will be happy to assist you in obtaining one by calling 255-2126 to schedule an appointment.
NCCU is committed to assisting members through this difficult time by providing a safer way to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
Members and the general public are asked to take note and be guided accordingly.
BREAKING NEWS: Dominica imposes curfew as it tightens measures to fight coronavirus
13 hours ago
March 29, 2020
As the Dominica government increases measures to combat the dreaded COVID-19, Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investments, Dr. Irving McIntyre has announced that curfew will go into effect from 10:00 o’clock this evening (Saturday 28th March 2020).
MacIntyre made the announcement in a live media statement a short while ago.
He said that the curfew will be in effect from Saturday 28th March, 2020 to Tuesday 31st March, 2020.