Wednesday 3 June, 2020

PSOJ calls for action to arrest 'pervasive culture of lawlessness'

Howard Mitchell

Howard Mitchell

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has reiterated its call for a cohesive effort by civil society groups and the political directorate to tackle what it labels a "pervasive culture of lawlessness" in Jamaica.

The private sector lobby group made the call in a news release addressing Tuesday's disruption to the public transportation sector, which it said dislocated the lives of thousands of citizens and resulted in the loss of productivity in the business sector.

“It cannot be business as usual. Repression and increased policing cannot be the only responses to this creeping decivilization of our country," PSOJ President, Howard Mitchell, said.

"We must find the will to put aside differences in political interest and collaborate to save our nation by strengthening our institutions and implementing social reforms before we descend into total anarchy," he continued. "In this regard we support wholeheartedly the recent steps towards political bipartisan and civil society discussions on crime and violence and look forward to their progress. True economic sustainability will remain a pipe dream if we cannot address the social ills that are strangling our growth prospects.”

Mitchell added that the disruption has also exposed the deficiencies in our public transportation system and called for the development of a medium to long term policy to prevent a recurrence of the challenges faced recently.

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