17 Sep PNP SAYS GOVT MUST ASSIST JAMAICAN NATIONALS IN EASTERN CARIBBEAN TO RETURN HOME
Kingston, Jamaica, September 13, 2017: The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) says the government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not appear to be on top of the situation affecting Jamaicans in the Eastern Caribbean and the Turk & Caicos Islands.
Reports coming to the Party indicate widespread hardship and desperation amongst Jamaican nationals in the Eastern Caribbean, especially in the BVI in the wake of the catastrophic passage of Hurricane Irma, which destroyed infrastructure, homes and businesses, where many of our fellow nationals were employed primarily in the hospitality and service sectors.
Whilst the PNP acknowledges the obvious difficulties associated with communication as well as both air and sea transportation to and from these hard-hit islands, we call on the government to immediately put concrete plans in place to repatriate these Jamaicans as quickly as possible.
The PNP is aware that some Caribbean governments have started relocating their nationals with airlifts, and is calling on the Andrew Holness government to do the same. It is the least we can do for our own citizens to alleviate their plight and bring them to safety.
The Opposition is demanding that the government acts with alacrity to protect the citizens of Jamaica even whilst the country aids our Caribbean brothers and sisters in their effort to rebuild.