17 Mar Opposition seeks answers on new “Clean-Up Programme”
The People’s National Party notes with consternation another National Clean-Up Programme being launched by the Government to cost taxpayers #352 million. The contract has been given to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). Questions arise:
1. What is the reason for this new programme given that less than 4 months ago, the Government embarked on a similar programme costing $800 million
2. Has the work in the previous $800million programme been completed? Was an assessment done to show value for money?
3. Does this new programme have anything to do with the recently announced bi-election in Portmore? Is the Government embarking on another blatant vote buying scheme?
4. Why were Members of Parliament not given adequate notice of work to be done as promised by Dr Horace Chang when he faced the Standing Finance Committee? He, at that time, also assured the country that another vote buying scheme would not be implemented. Is the Minister now reneging on this national commitment?
The people of Jamaica deserve answers to these questions from their Government.