Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern, Fayval Williams, is imploring the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to prioritise the regularisation of electricity in several communities across the constituency.
Williams, whose constituency is made up of a mix of upscale and depressed communities, noted that the cost of wiring houses is out of reach for many persons. She made the argument during her recent contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives. She also stated that over the years, she has been able to assist residents in the communities of Goldsmith Villa and Standpipe through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund and the Constituency Development Fund.
She further pointed out that she has encouraged residents to sign up for prepaid electricity.
“I am quite willing and have demonstrated that we can regularise communities in a way that ensures everyone is in the conversation. I am calling on JPS to prioritise those communities that have been asking to be regularised,” said Williams who is also the Minister of Education and Youth.
Continuing, she said: “Let me assure the community of Fallen in Tavern that I am committed to ensuring that the infrastructure that was installed for electricity, for which the work was stopped, will restart and be completed. I want communities in St. Andrew Eastern to embrace the notion of paying for electricity, water and other amenities”.
Williams added that she has worked assiduously to bring employment opportunities, and “community members know that I have been saying that communities have to honour their civic obligations and pay for the water and the electricity they consume. I have been very vocal on this”.