I remain accessible in Hanover Western

Monday, August 28, 2017

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Dear Editor,

The following is in response to a letter to the editor published in the Jamaica Observer on August 25, 2017 by Sachin Belgrave.

Let me first congratulate Emprezz and the entire team for the wonderful “Talk Up Youth” function that took place in Lucea, Hanover, on Saturday August 19, 2017. I also thank Emprezz for engaging the issues that our youth are faced with in the parish and across the island today.

I am amazed, however, in reading this letter written by Sachin Belgrave from Green Island.

Let me state there is a time for politics and there is a time to govern. Oftentimes politics allows us to have hidden agendas that are not factually based.

Fact 1: After checking my logbooks at the office, Belgrave has never, ever come to my office — not once. Nor has that individual called my office or my personal cellphone.

Fact 2: My office in Lucea opens from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Fact 3: The meeting on August 19, 2017 had a question-and-answer segment, at which time the youth and myself engaged in various issues that affect them and our constituency. I also announced my phone number at the meeting, and if for any reason that a constituent doesn't get me, to send me a text.

Fact 4: In my capacity as the Member of Parliament I arranged and executed a follow-up meeting for Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm at the Youth Information Centre in Lucea, where I invited all youngsters back that were present for further discussions. It was well attended. Belgrave did not show up to the meeting, even though invited.

I still consider myself a youth and will always engage the youth of Hanover, and I want to thank all the stakeholders who attended our meetings.

A third meeting will be held in September at the Youth Information Centre in Lucea and I am hopeful that this time Belgrave will attend so that I may engage in a conversation on issues that are factually based.

Ian Hayles

Member of Parliament

Hanover Western

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