Ministry still to get final report on 2012 NOC breakout
-Anthony says action taken on interim findings, signals plans to discontinue co-education
Youth Minister Dr Frank Anthony yesterday said that his ministry is still to receive the final report from the Board of Inquiry (BoI) that investigated the 2012 mass escape and fire at the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) and letters written to the inquiry’s Chairman retired Justice Winston Moore have yielded no results.
“The Permanent Secretary [PS] wrote the Chairman of the Board on four occasions asking him to submit the final report but to date we still have not received it,” the minister said at a press briefing at his ministry, where he revealed that interim recommendations were acted upon and disclosed that separating male and female offenders was on the cards.
The minister has come under severe criticism recently for not revealing the findings of the report, especially in light of current allegations of sexual and physical abuse being made against staff members from some of children at the institution. Four girls removed from the NOC last Saturday following a court order obtained by the …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.