Business

500 more to be employed in local government ministry's summer programme

BY HORACE HINES
Observer staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, July 23, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development says it will increase the number of participants in its 2018 Youth Summer Employment Programme by 500, which is to be launched on Thursday, August 9.

According to Minister Desmond McKenzie, last year 2,500 young people were employed in the programme, but the number will grow to 3,000 this year.

Speaking at the inaugural Local Governance Conference in Montego Bay last week, McKenzie stated that like last year, a number of the youngsters employed in the programme will participate in the auditing of street lights.

It was reported last year that the ministry owed the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) approximately $5 billion for street lights.

The minister noted that the municipalities are faced with a colossal street light bill, thus the auditing exercise will not be merely counting the number of existing street lamps, but to determine the number of them that are working.

This, he further noted, will require them working at nights, therefore the ministry has made contact with the security forces to allow the youngsters access in communities where enhanced security measures are enforced.

McKenzie underscored the importance of gathering the data from the audit, as the ministry is faced with a monthly expense of $700 million for street lights and garbage collection services.

“When you look at the presentation on how we performed last year for property taxes and how we are performing this year in terms of the target, it tells you that if we continue on the same trend we are going to run into some serious challenges,” he said.

Under the summer employment programme “the young people will also assist the local authorities” in identifying another source of revenue that has eluded them the area of trade licences.

“This programme will therefore see each councillor having 15 individuals from their respective divisions, and mayors 25 participants,” McKenzie announced.

The local governance conference, put on by the ministry at Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa in Rose Hall, St James, from July 17-19, was staged under the theme: 'Strengthening Responsiveness and Accountability within the Local Governance Framework'.

McKenzie said that the conference was a “test run” for the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas conference to be staged in Montego Bay in July 2020, which will bring together key players from North, South, and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, involved in disaster risk-reduction and resilience building.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT