JSIF gives two garbage trucks costing $50m to NSWMA

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica —The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) through its Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) will next week hand over two garbage trucks to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

JSIF will also, at the same time, sign a contract for the construction of the Port Maria Fire Station, an advisory said.

The handing over and signing ceremony is scheduled for the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Devon Road in Kingston on October 22.

The trucks, which cost over $50 million, are being gifted to the NSWMA through its ICDP.

Noting that the ICDP serves communities in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, St Ann, St James and Westmoreland, the JSIF said the trucks are expected to be deployed to communities within these parishes.

Meanwhile, the contract signing for the construction of a state-of-the-art fire station in Port Maria, St Mary is under the JSIF implemented Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project .

The JSIF noted that over $217 million will be used for the construction of the fire station which is scheduled to be completed within 12 months and will house up to 80 fire fighters and boast facilities that can be used for regional conferences and training sessions.

The JSIF said both projects are being funded through a loan from the World Bank.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie; Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mike Henry; and Managing Director of the JSIF, Omar Sweeney are expected to be present at the OPM event.


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