Sunday 22 September, 2019

Seaga ‘thrilled’ by plans to rename North-South Highway in his honour

Former Prime Minister and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader, Edward Seaga (left) being greeted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the party's annual conference last year. Also pictured was Seaga's wife, Carla.

Former Prime Minister and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader, Edward Seaga (left) being greeted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the party's annual conference last year. Also pictured was Seaga's wife, Carla.

Former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, has expressed gratitude to the Government for the decision that has been taken to name the North-South Highway in his honour.

Seaga, the country’s fifth prime minister, said he was very thrilled because “it (the highway) joins together two of my most important and biggest developments (and it only seems) logical.”

He added that, “I am (also) thrilled because it is a highway so beautifully done, and I congratulate the builders (for its construction), and the prime minister for the renaming.”

Seaga was speaking to JIS News following the announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness of the renaming of the highway, at the rededication of the Bustamante Museum at Tucker Avenue in St Andrew on Thursday. The Museum was the home of the national hero from 1942 to 1964.

Holness, who officially opened the North-South Highway in 2016, said Cabinet gave approval for the renaming last Monday, to make the renaming possible.

Holness said the move is being done for good reasons.

“Edward Seaga was responsible for the development of downtown Kingston. He also initiated the development and expansion of Ocho Rios as a tourism destination. The North-South Highway creates that link, so it is only fitting,” said Holness.

Holness also indicated that the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) is working on a project to create other monuments like the museum “for all our leaders”.

He lauded the work that was done by Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange, and her team, to restore the Bustamante Museum.

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