Ja­maica needs another ‘gully gov­ern­ment’

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: WHAT IF we had an Alexan­der Bus­ta­mante. The Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party won the elec­tion in 1972 us­ing the slo­gan that the Ja­maica Labour Party was a ‘gully gov­ern­ment’.

Not many peo­ple will know that there was a time when the Sandy Gully had no out­let to the sea and storm wa­ter would fill Span­ish Town Road be­tween Four Miles and Six Miles. Bus­ta­mante built a chan­nel from Molynes Road to the sea. We all know how well it has served. Who will build the nec­es­sary wa­ter­ways to carry the wa­ter from the hills to the sea?

Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment sit in Gor­don House never seem­ing to think about calami­ties and how much work could be given to work­ers to build wa­ter­ways to the sea, as well as keep­ing the ex­ist­ing ones clean. If peo­ple are dump­ing garbage in the gul­lies, why not en­gage work­ers to clean it and clean it con­tin­u­ously?

Do we have to frighten the pop­u­la­tion when­ever there is a storm threat? KEITH HOB­BINS khob­bins@cw­ja­maica.com

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