Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2016

Leeflang: “We’re paying 36k to an aviation director and still no results”

Omayra-Leeflang-2WILLEMSTAD -  According to the Independent Member of Parliament Omayra Leeflang, the government is paying the Jamaican-born Director of the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA), Oscar Derby, 36,000 guilders, but he has not done anything yet. The upgrade to category 1 is still not a fact.

“We pay Derby 36,000 guilders per month, and now the government has hired a consultant for an astronomical sum of 1.3 million dollars to do his work,” said Leeflang in a letter to the Minister in charge of Curaçao’s aviation Suzanne Camelia-Römer.

Three years ago, Oscar Derby was brought from Jamaica to assist Curaçao in regaining category 1 status. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded Curaçao to category 2 status in 2011 after problems were identified in the area of personnel, organization and finance.

“Under Derby’s leadership, Curaçao has yet to succeed in its process to upgrade to category 1. Only now the parliament has received the bill proposal which includes the privatization of the CCAA.

The Independent MP was also surprised with the proposal to hire a consultant, the Wick Group to help in the upgrading and privatization of the CCAA. “Why are we paying Derby an astronomical salary?”

According to Leeflang there are a few people who became very rich with public money, while there is no guarantee that Curaçao will regain the category 1 status anytime soon.

“This is why parliament has to ask questions to the Minister. We need to know whether the contract with Derby will be extended after it expires on July 31. He failed in this task. We need to know from the Minister if she is prepared to carry out an audit to evaluate what Derby has achieved in the past three years.”

Leeflang also wanted to know if there is a strategic plan to reach category 1 and why was a consultant hired for 1.3 million dollars.

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