Thursday 22 August, 2019

Holness reaffirms gov’t support to Food for the Poor

Prime Minister Andrew Holness reiterated his commitment to Food for the Poor following a meeting with the organisation’s chairman Andrew Mahfood and his deputy Chris Bicknell.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness reiterated his commitment to Food for the Poor following a meeting with the organisation’s chairman Andrew Mahfood and his deputy Chris Bicknell.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government is in full support of the work that Food for the Poor (FFP) does for the Jamaican people.

His statement follows recent criticisms by some members of parliament about the charity organisation’s low-income housing programme with the government.

Holness said it was unfortunate that some government MPs may have addressed any issue with FFP in a manner that seemed confrontational, adding that the comments don’t reflect the position of his administration.

The prime minister reiterated his commitment to Food for the Poor following a meeting with the organisation’s chairman Andrew Mahfood and his deputy Chris Bicknell.

Consequently, Holness has instructed the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and the FFP to begin early discussions for a new contract prior to the expiration of the existing one.

“Jamaica is grateful to Food For The Poor which has mobilised international help in delivering its services in Jamaica. The contractual end of the programme is this August and as a Government, we will seek to negotiate a new arrangement because Food for the Poor has an excellent track record of delivering houses well below market rate,” Holness said.

In the meantime, the prime minister has committed to meeting with government members of parliament and will suggest the opposition members meet to determine any issues that MPs may face under the current execution of the programme.

For his part, Mahfood welcomed the meeting with the prime minister and pledged the organisation’s continued support.

 “We are happy you have invited us to clarify all matters and state your support to our organisation. The quality of work done on our housing projects is of a high standard. FFP is committed to being of service to the needy in Jamaica and we continue to collaborate with the Government. Though we are an international organisation we were founded right here in Jamaica by Jamaicans,” said Mahfood.

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