Saturday, 19 November 2022 16:39

Holness to address critical issues at JLP conference

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When the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Prime Minister Andrew Holness, addresses the party’s 79th annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston on Sunday, he is expected to place the spotlight on some burning issues of national importance.
For months, Jamaicans have complained about the pile-up of garbage in communities across the country and have blasted the Government for its ineptitude in tackling the problem, which is said to have led to an increase in rodents.

The arrival of 50 garbage trucks is expected to ease the problem as the Government unveils a national clean-up exercise.

JLP Chairman Robert Montague said that the party leader must discuss public cleanliness, noting that the party had an enviable record in that area under the leadership of Edward Seaga and the work of the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

“We hear the cry of the people in terms of the back-up of collection, and I know that it is something that our prime minister, our leader, has his ears on the ground and would have heard the cries of the people, so it’s a matter he will speak to,” Montague said.

He said that Holness should also highlight the work being done under the Government’s land-titling project, where persons occupying family lands are receiving help from the administration to formalise their ownership and get land titles.

“The provision of water and treating with our road conditions, these are critical items, and the prime minister will signal to the country the achievements and where we are going in the future,” the JLP chairman added.

JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang believes that Holness will reaffirm the party’s commitment to law and order.

He said that the party leader was also expected to provide an update on the country’s economic programme and discuss plans to encourage investment in the productive sectors and education so that Jamaicans may have the skills set to grow the country in a sustainable manner.

Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, member of parliament for St Andrew West Rural, said the prime minister should speak on law and order issues that have been the subject of public discourse.