Editorial: PM Evasive when asked about bad decisions of Postal Services St. Maarten

POSTED: 06/20/14 12:10 AM

Shareholder representative Sarah Wescot-Williams remained evasive when this newspaper asked about the bad decisions of the supervisory board of directors of Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) that led to a court ruling that will cost the taxpayer close to a quarter of a million dollars.

Yes, the shareholder representative reminds boards of directors of government-owned companies of their responsibilities and liabilities. But the board that supervises PSS has failed miserably – there is no other word for it – and apparently there is no reason to remove these people from their position or to hold them accountable for the damages they have inflicted.

If the PSS-board is allowed to get away with this, it sets a bad example for other boards – and that could cost taxpayers even more money in the future.

That is not doing anybody any good. Board members have been removed from government-owned companies for no reason at all (think: Harbor Group of Companies) and now that there is a serious issue on the table it suddenly seems that there is no problem at all.

That is wrong.

 

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