Social intervention programmes in focus to accompany SOE in St James
In response to criticisms that enough social intervention programmes did not accompany the previous state of emergency in St James, Montego Bay Mayor, Homer Davis, has announced that the St James Municipal Corporation will be partnering with other stakeholders to address that issue this time around.
Last week Prime Minister Andrew Holness imposed a SOE in the parishes of St James, Hanover and Westmoreland. This closely followed a SOE that was imposed in St James on January 18, 2018, and ended January 31, 2019.
"A number of persons have been saying we did not pay enough attention to the social intervention in the last state of emergency. I am saying that it is early days now, and we should grab at that opportunity,” said Davis.
“And so, I will be consulting with you (the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), I will be consulting with the custos, I will be consulting with (the) PMI (Peace Management Initiative) and all the critical stakeholders in this parish to see how we can partner together to make this parish a much better place, a much more liveable place at the end of this state of emergency,” added Davis, who is also chairman of the municipal corporation.
He was speaking at the inaugural ‘Your Mayor Speaks’, an interactive programme staged by the municipal corporation in partnership with More 91.7 FM at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay last week.
Winston Lawson, President of the MBCCI, said the body is committed to hop on board with any social intervention initiative it can be a part of.
In fact, he said already the MBCCI has had dialogue with Superintendent Vernon Ellis, the commanding officer of the St James Police Division, to assist with social intervention programmes that the police have in place.
"We certainly will join the (security) forces with some of those programmes to help with the fight against crime,” stated Lawson.