(Jamaica Gleaner) Eager politicians were on Tuesday urged to temper their expectations about how far a $1-billion road programme will help in restoring Jamaica’s flood-hit corridors after weeks of rainstorms.
Each of the 63 constituencies will be allocated $15 million through the National Works Agency (NWA), Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced during the sitting of the House of Representatives.
Some $7 million is being allocated to road patching, $4 million to bush clearing, $2 million to beautification, including sanitation and the removal of debris, and $2 million to drain and gully cleaning for each constituency.
Programme letters are to be distributed to MPs today.
‘The allocations that we have made – the $7 million of the $15 million – have to be used very strategically. The Government does not have separate resources to allocate members of parliament to patch roads of their choice and then make a whole separate allocation for the NWA or the parish council.