Sunday 21 October, 2018

North-South leg of Highway 2000 renamed in honour of Edward Seaga

L-R: Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Jamaica, Tian Qi, Juliet Holness, wife of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Former PM Edward Seaga, PM Holness, Culture Minister Olivia Grange, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie following the official opening of the Edward Seaga Highway. (Photos: Llewellyn Wynter).

L-R: Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Jamaica, Tian Qi, Juliet Holness, wife of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Former PM Edward Seaga, PM Holness, Culture Minister Olivia Grange, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie following the official opening of the Edward Seaga Highway. (Photos: Llewellyn Wynter).

It’s official!

The North-South leg of the Highway 2000 network was on Tuesday renamed the Edward Seaga Highway.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness officially renamed the highway in the presence of the top brass of the Government, the public sector, business interests and well-wishers of the Administration and the honouree, former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga.

The declaration was amid earlier protest by leaders and supporters of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) at the Caymanas entrance to the North-South Highway, over the naming of the thoroughfare in honour of Seaga, instead of another former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller.

But Holness, in his keynote address at the renaming ceremony, spelt out why Seaga got the Government’s nod.

He said the naming of the very significant highway was a fitting tribute to the fundamental national impact of Seaga’s work as a leader of the country.

Holness said Seaga made his mark on the nation in no uncertain manner because he was “not only a thinker, he was also a doer,” who “though not perfect,” strived for perfection in governance.

“It is said that the greatest use of life is to spend it to produce something that will outlast (your) life,” reflected Holness in tribute to Seaga, who has been widely credited with conceptualising and seeing to the implementation stage, a number of major national institutions, including the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), the HEART Trust/National Training Agency and the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC).

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The prime minister said Seaga’s developmental footprint was all over Ocho Rios in St Ann, and Kingston, especially the downtown area, and “his indisputable body of work deserves recognition”.

Seaga, in his response, paid tribute to the Chinese Government for having completed the highway project, which he said required the sort of technical genius for which that country is noted.

In delving into his broad input in shaping much of the development of Ocho Rios and Kingston, Seaga spoke of having fostered public land deals all over, in the interest of furthering the national development agenda thereafter.

“I do things from the heart,” said the former prime minister, who declared that even at age 88, when “I (really) think it is time to sit down and take a rest, I just can’t do that; I (just) don’t know how to do that.”

He also drew expressions of ‘awe’ when he advised that he is actually not fond of holidays, which he said he found to be a “bit of a bother” to his work routine.

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