Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (June 19) led tributes to the late former Prime Minister of Jamaica Edward Phillip George Seaga during a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament. Prime Minister Holness noted that Mr. Seaga was the longest serving member of the Jamaican legislature who loved the people of Jamaica. Story Highlights According to Prime Minister Holness, Mr. Seaga’s contribution to nation building can be seen in every area of Jamaican life including the economy, development, welfare, infrastructure, sports and culture. Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (June 19) led tributes to the late former Prime Minister of Jamaica Edward Phillip George Seaga during a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament.Prime Minister Holness noted that Mr. Seaga was the longest serving member of the Jamaican legislature who loved the people of Jamaica.According to Prime Minister Holness, Mr. Seaga’s contribution to nation building can be seen in every area of Jamaican life including the economy, development, welfare, infrastructure, sports and culture.The Prime Minister declared that the Most Hon. Edward Seaga had a deeper understanding of the culture of the people. In that regard, Prime Minister Holness asserted that Mr. Seaga defined Jamaican culture.“In many ways he introduced Jamaicans to their own culture, brought it out of the dark and obscure, in to the light of the mainstream to stand side by side with colonial culture. Thereby giving us a definition of who we are as a people and getting us to accept what we create as being valuable. He did this through his accomplishments with institutions dedicated to the promotion and preservation of our culture such as Jamaica Festival,” said Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister said Mr. Seaga served with passion in all areas and understood the people.“He understood their rhythm and thinking, but he also understood their dreams and aspirations. No doubt his experience in Buxton Town would have led him to write the “Haves and the Have Nots” treatise when he became a member of the Legislative Council at 29 years of age. It would also have influenced his life passion to properly document and curate Jamaican culture, artifacts, art, and music,” said the Prime Minister.The Prime Minister highlighted Mr. Seaga’s achievement particularly in guiding Jamaica in turbulent times and imprving the Jamaican economy.“During Hurricane Gilbert, no one could question his firm marshalling of the national effort towards recovery. There is no question about his skillful and diligent management of the economy to return growth after the 70’s and after various external commodity price shocks in the mid 80’s. Yet, for these very strong qualities he was misunderstood and quite often misrepresented. He was very much conscious of this and in later life took great care to document his work and contribution. Our tributes today offer a great opportunity to put Mr. Seaga in true context,” added the Prime Minister.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness also recounted Mr. Seaga as a mentor and a great leader and committed public servant.“Mr. Seaga was a kind man; he was kind to me personally. He took me as a youngster under his wing, he gave me exposure, opportunity and guidance. In later years he would be a wealth of advice and support. When we won the 2016 election, he made it a point of duty to step up on that stage and associate with the victory. He dearly loved his party and he truly believed that the political organization that he led and which I now lead can end poverty in Jamaica and lead this country to prosperity. He would often say that this country has too much going for it, too many resources available to it, to be a poor country and that I also believe dearly myself.”
The aesthetics of the Salt Spring Primary and Infant School in Montego Bay, St. James, has received a boost, courtesy of the St. James Police. A garden was also established, as part of the overall beautification of the school’s surroundings. The work, undertaken by the police, in collaboration with men from the community, included replacing the school’s perimeter fencing, renovating the garbage receptacle and removing bulky waste surrounding the area. The aesthetics of the Salt Spring Primary and Infant School in Montego Bay, St. James, has received a boost, courtesy of the St. James Police.The work, undertaken by the police, in collaboration with men from the community, included replacing the school’s perimeter fencing, renovating the garbage receptacle and removing bulky waste surrounding the area.A garden was also established, as part of the overall beautification of the school’s surroundings.The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) also assisted in the execution of the clean-up exercise.In an interview with JIS News, Head of the Community Safety and Security Branch for the St. James Police, Inspector Yvonne Whyte-Powell, said the beautification project is to ensure the highest quality of education in an environment that is conducive for student growth.Inspector Whyte-Powell added that the project was an extension of the summer camp programme.She noted that when the new school term begins, “the children coming out to play are no longer looking at garbage, but they are looking at an aesthetically pleasing place”.Inspector Whyte-Powell said the new fence that was installed would improve the safety and security of the students and staff at the institution.In the meantime, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) also donated two 1,000-gallon water tanks to the Salt Spring Primary and Infant and the Hartford Basic schools, in an effort to alleviate water challenges faced by both institutions.She expressed gratitude to members of the community who worked with the police to improve the welfare of the students in Salt Spring.“The community members came out and they really played their part, so they did a lot of the physical labour, and it was really great where the community and the police worked together as a team. It was just one team working together to achieve the same objective, which is to transform lives and to transform the Salt Spring community,” she said. Story Highlights
Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says a coordinated multisectoral approach is needed for crime-prevention strategies to work effectively in St. James.Speaking at a Violence Prevention and Peace Building Symposium at the Montego Bay Community College in St. James, on September 26, Dr. Chang said that while the social-intervention programmes employed by civil society have reaped some level of success, long-term solutions are needed to tackle the issue of criminality and social disorder in Montego Bay and other volatile communities.“The churches, the Peace Management Initiative (PMI), the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) and all the others have done a lot of good things, but have failed to effect transformation in Montego Bay, and unless we face that reality, we will not move on to make the required changes,” he emphasised.In this regard, he said the Government will continue to work to ensure that crime-prevention activities and social programmes are paired with stringent security measures.“The crime-prevention department of the Government is working with a number of international and local partners to seek to create a kind of umbrella group, and we have come up with a slogan in one case, the ‘Liv Gud’ programme, which seeks to reawaken the sense of community and family identity,” Dr. Chang said.Meanwhile, Dr. Chang challenged stakeholders to work to create the impact and change needed to restore a sense of hope in volatile communities.“As we go through our programmes, we need to look at them realistically. We need to look at how we can influence institutions (schools and others), and, therefore, restore that sense of hope and belonging in the wider community. If you are going to engage the community, we have to engage everybody. Part of the challenge which we face in our inner-city communities is lack of opportunity and access,” he further noted.He advised that the current State of Public Emergency in St. James should be used as “a window of opportunity to reach out and transform, and that is what I am hoping we can do”.The symposium was held under the theme, ‘Interventions: Making a difference through sharing and collaboration’.It was hosted by the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA), in partnership with the Ministry of National Security.Support was provided by a number of ministries, departments and agencies, including the Ministries of Health and Wellness, and Education, Youth and Information, the Jamaica Constabulary Force; the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce.