OfReg exec jobs advertised day after PAC

| 20/07/2020 | 29 Comments
Cayman News Service
Malike Cummings answers questions at PAC meeting

(CNS): The timing of advertisements placed in the local print media for the executive director positions for both the ICT and electricity sectors at OfReg were “purely coincidental”, said the CEO Malike Cummings, and “not in any way tied to the incumbents’ testimonies during the current Public Accounts Committee”. The senior jobs held by Alee Fa’amoe and Gregg Anderson were advertised Friday, even though nether of them had resigned.

Although both men are Caymanians, these are three-year contract positions, which have to be re-advertised when they are coming to an end, according to the current rules under the Public Authorities Law. This means the men have to re-apply for their jobs if the want to stay on at the beleaguered regulator.

 “No decision has been taken to terminate or not enter into a new contract,” Cummings told CNS in response to our enquiries. “The Office is carrying out the relevant legally mandated process in accordance with section 42.1 of the Public Authorities Law.”

He added that the executive directors for the ICT and the Energy and Utilities sectors “will have the opportunity to compete for the posts”.

Both men appeared before PAC last week to answer questions on the damning report by the Office of the Auditor General on OfReg and its numerous failings, including the lack of value for money.

Fa’amoe was particularly candid in his responses about the problems OfReg faces and said that not only had the regulation of telecoms been held back by the creation of this umbrella utility regulator, but on its current trajectory the office was not going to resolve any of the problems it was established to tackle.

Nevertheless, Cummings, who also appeared before the committee on Thursday, said this had nothing to do with their jobs being advertised.

“It is a pleasure and an honour for my team and I to take part in the Public Accounts Committee hearing and we look forward to the next opportunity to appear,” he said. “The OAG audit of OfReg’s performance is legally required to be undertaken every three years and I thank the OAG for their work. Without a doubt, OfReg has a talented team of individuals who have given me support since my arrival.”

Cummings said that while there were challenges and some lost opportunities during OfReg’s first years, it is now on a trajectory of efficient spending, addressing policy gaps for the regulation and competition in the markets.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Overpaid, Underperform. Typical here!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    now who in the right mind what apply for those jobs of this defunct Government entity. What’s the point of advertising if the incumbents are Caymanian. What a bunch of fools.

    What’s the structure and how come we haven’t heard from Suckoo? another overpaid COO! where is his voice?

  3. Anonymous says:

    It is in plain site where the problem lies…Linford Pierson…Alden McLaughlin….oh…and don’t forget the real leader (the Bandit) that retired…still running the show.

  4. JusticeNow says:

    Even if One is British (pref Caucasian) born across the pond, with reporting lines above the local establishment, it’s still hard to get things in the 3 arms of Govt and statutary bodies in Cayman straight. That setting is very rear tho.

    I can understand the stress Alee and Greg must be under. Even if they want to change things in their regulatory remit,they must be under soo much pressure not being able to touch the status quo. If they talk too much or do too much job gone.

    Remember Alee came out with blazing guns imposing fines in FLOW for various violation. After that there was almost nothing while they continue to violate their island-wide fibre service roll out agreement.

    GOD Himself will dissolve the “clubs” to get things right in Cayman. Look and see.

  5. Anonymous says:

    All executive level jobs in all government agencies and departments should be three year contractual positions.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So what happens to the nice cars if their contracts are not renewed? Or does the job come with a new car every three years?

    • Anonymous says:

      Karma can be your friend or enemy. All depends on the way you live your life,how we have help instead of hurting. It will catch us every time.

  7. Neverwannabeacivilservant says:

    How many Executive Directors are there?.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This “Authority” is a financial black hole. We as taxpayers would be further ahead if it was simply shutdown. A complete waste of taxpayers money.

    • Anonymous says:

      Like so many things in the CIG universe, it wouldn’t be, if there were only some semblance of a functioning, competent, and responsible Board.

    • ANONYMOUS says:

      Another “ Banana Republic “ jobs for the boys who do bugger all every day, get a fat salary, and are accountable to nobody

  9. Anonymous says:

    The Lodge “bench” is DEEP no surprise here!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Cummings knows not to disobey Lord Linford or his cushy life in paradise is over within the next twelve months.

    He understands where is bread is buttered and who is really calling the shots at OfReg.

  11. Anonymous says:

    There are no coincidences in politics!

  12. Anonymous says:

    If they were unable to perform their duties as a functional board, they should be ineligible for re-appointment, and should already be making other plans. We can’t just reappoint non-performers over and over again, expecting different results. Time’s up on that.

    • Anonymous says:

      It starts in the Government schools – no one is ever made to fail and required to repeat a year…. like these jokers on the board…non performers are allowed to continue, with no consequences.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not their fault , “ the other side’s lawyers were better than our lawyers.”

  13. Anonymous says:

    Well we can be certain that Linford Pierson will not be replaced as OfReg chairman entering an election. The Premier will not do the right thing and remove him under any circumstances. A deal is deal no matter the costs to that Cayman Islands. There is no accountability at any level in the Cayman Islands.

  14. Call 911 says:

    Linford and Alden have decided it’s either there way or NO way at all.

    The political interference that was acknowledged by the OfReg Chair at PAC given his private meetings with the a Premier must be thoroughly investigated by the Auditor’s General Office now.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Pump and dump?

  16. common sense says:

    Public authoroties law allows for open ended contracts especially where caymanians are concerned.

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