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'I'd rather see a pothole than a gun in my face'

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Friday, December 06, 2013    

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JAMAICA Observer online readers have poured cold water on the announcement of a $500-million infrastructure programme to rehabilitate roads across the island. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the announcement Wednesday while opening a bridge in Kintyre, East Rural St Andrew. However, Observer readers believe the initiative is nothing more than a crash programme designed to provide temporary work for die-hard supporters during the Christmas season. Many also believe that not much is being done in terms of policy to curb the out-of-control crime rate. Here are some edited comments:

CHUCK EMANUEL

Whatever happen to the once talked about JEEP?

jayjayja

JEEP revs up just in time for Christmas and the PM affirms her confidence in Azan by giving his minister $500 million (to spend). Well done, prime minister, well done.

QQ

Where is the money to fight crime? I'd rather see a pothole, than a gun in my face.

southy

Take trips, cut ribbons, kiss people, make grand announcements... one big joke.

bobo

Borrowed money? Christmas work for supporters?

mchue

@bobo: Another make work/crash programme/Christmas work programme. The country needs sustainable programmes -- lasting beyond a few weeks. The PNP Administration is anti-business and pro poverty! Whenever they come into office businesses close, crime, unemployment and poverty increase.

woodpecker

Better than 'nuttin' in dem hard times.

JusticeLoveProsperity

Mrs Simpson Miller, with all due respect, this is commendable, but we need to hear from you about the economy, the crime, and the things that really matter. I sure hope you will be available to open my front door when my house is finished. You seem to be opening up everything except the minds of the Jamaican people.

hope2013

Another ribbon-cutting ceremony and another crash programme. Why wasn't this announcement made by the minister of transportation under whose jurisdiction road patching falls?

Republican

@hope2013: Because it's Christmas time now, and the prime minister haffi mek di people dem see seh she ago mek dem eat a food.

Raggalou

@hope2013: Because she is queen of Jamaica and must always be in the spotlight ...well as long as she is not called on to answer any questions. SMH.

NejeeperKNG

Well, anything is better than nothing at all. The infrastructure is crying out for help.

Enigma

$500 million for bolo-work ....it's just too bad someone can't do something permanent.

Enos Anderson

Crash programme to appease the diehards?

JahYouth

Just another way to mismanage funds... patchwork that really doesn't fix the problem and a way to appease the supporters. Every year we package the Christmas wuk, but we all know it for what it is.

kittywally

Can someone provide an accounting of JDIP (Jamaica Dev monies) with regards to road repairs?

DT

I am sorry, but even the blind can see this is JDIP money that the PM is dishing out at Christmas. This is good for the few supporters who will vote her back in. The real issue of crime, bad economy and growing unemployment will be ignored.

Gara Sands

Putting band-aid over a bleeding wound... real joke.

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