08 Jun RESIDENTS OF EAST PORTLAND RESTIVE IDB FUNDED DRAINAGE CONTRACT
Portland, Jamaica, June 6, 2017: The Member of Parliament and the entire constituency organization of Portland Eastern welcome the signing of the contract between the National Water Commission and Vinci Construction Grand’s Projects (VCGP), to start phase II of the drainage project, which covers the design and construction of new sewage conveyance, treatment and disposal of the Port Antonio’s waste water and sewage.
This phase of the contract is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) at a cost of $7.73 million USD.
Although we welcome the signing and commencement of works to improve the overall drainage system in the township, we hasten to point out that the administration has unilaterally identified a liaison officer to coordinate the activities with contractor without any reference to the elected representative or local civic organizations. This is now the source of unease in the area and must be settled before the commencement of works.
Further, the proposed liaison officer is an extract from another constituency and has no relation with East Portland citizenry.
This is viewed as being manifestly autocratic and grossly disrespectful. The people of East Portland say a “clear and resounding no” to this approach and call on the Prime Minister to exercise leadership in this matter.
The people of East Portland are restive and expect a speedy engagement in this matter.