Marshall denies Cabinet report about resignation

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The embattled project manager for the unfinished ADOMS headquarters says the reports that he has offered his resignation are categorically false.
Both the government’s Chief of Staff and the Foreign Affairs minister informed the media that Marshall resigned.
The first report of the supposed resignation offer was from the Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst.
In the weekly Cabinet press notes circulated after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Hurst wrote that Marshall offered his resignation and the ADOMS board already agreed to accept it.
Hurst said Prime Minister Gaston Browne had reported on the ADOMS project to cabinet.
Then at this morning’s post-Cabinet press conference, Foreign Affairs Minister, E.P. Chet Greene gave the same report.

That was Foreign Affairs minister E.P. Chet Greene.
But around nine o’clock this morning, Marshall called OBSERVER’s newsroom in a fury. He is demanding that the officials retract their statements and declaring that they are lies.

That’s Project Manager for the incomplete ADOMS building, Wendell Marshall.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne attacked Marshall on live radio accusing him of being at fault for the ADOMS projects’ delays and cost overruns.
Browne publicly demanded that the board of ADOMS led by Chairman, Henderson Bass, fire Marshall.
He said that no additional funds would be released or approved for the incomplete project unless Marshall was sacked.
The board responded by inviting the prime minister to a meeting at the beginning of the week. It was after that meeting, and the subsequent meeting of the Cabinet that officials reported that Marshall had offered to resign and that the Board would accept.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Greene is defending the prime minister’s decision to target the project manager and not the board of ADOMS for the project’s problems.
ADOMS is the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping. Prime Minister Gaston Browne was heavily criticized by a spokesman for the Democratic National Alliance, Anthony Stuart this week.
Stuart said the board should be called to account for the project’s delays and overruns so that they in turn can hold the project manager accountable.
But Greene says the board’s expertise is in commercial shipping and maritime affairs and they should not bear the blame for the faults in the ADOMS construction project. 

Greene also says that as far as he is concerned, calls for the board to be reprimanded are not steeped in good governance thinking but merely in politics.

Foreign Minister E.P. Chet Greene.

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