25 Feb Opposition Deputy Spokesman on Labour and Social Security calls on authorities to expedite payment to blind citizen
Opposition Deputy Spokesperson on Labour and Social Security, Senator Floyd Morris, is calling upon the relevant authorities to expedite payment to Mr. Carlo Bruce, a blind citizen who toppled over a bridge in Kingston in 2015. Mr. Bruce suffered severe injuries during the incident and the matter was brought to the attention of the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA) and the Public Defender, who made representation on his behalf to the relevant authorities.
According to the Deputy Spokesman for Labour and Social Security, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation accepted liability for the matter and the sum of $1.1 million was agreed to be paid to Mr. Bruce. However, since that agreement, the payment has not been made and efforts by the Public Defender to collect the payment for Mr. Bruce have been futile. Senator Morris is calling upon the Mayor of the KSAC, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, to use his good office, to expedite the payment for this poor and vulnerable citizen.
He is also calling upon the Minister of Local Government, the Hon. Desmond McKenzie, to ensure that the resources are made available to the KSAC to effect this specific payment to Mr. Bruce and to simultaneously conduct repairs to all bridges and manholes within the city that are hazardous to the life of persons with disabilities and other citizens. The Opposition Deputy Spokesman on Labour and Social Security is also calling upon the Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Shahene Robinson, to ensure that the Disabilities Act 2014 is brought into effect this legislative year.
The Disabilities Act makes provision for the establishment of a Disability Rights Tribunal to adjudicate matters relating to the violation of the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. This legislation, according to Senator Morris, will ensure that there is a greater responsiveness and sensitivity to the needs of persons with disabilities in Jamaica.