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Warm­ing­ton says MPs’ lazi­ness springs cit­i­zens into ac­tion

EVER­ALD WARM­ING­TON, the state min­is­ter in the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation, has charged that some mem­bers of par­lia­ment (MPs) are lazy, this in light of be­ing ac­cused by the op­po­si­tion spokesman on Trans­port and works of po­lit­i­cally vic­tim­is­ing Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party MPs with the al­lo­ca­tion of drain-clean­ing funds.

Azan had on Tues­day lam­basted Warm­ing­ton for by­pass­ing MPs and is­su­ing fund­ing to the coun­cil­lors to do work in sev­eral con­stituen­cies.

But Warm­ing­ton has not tak­ing Azan’s crit­i­cisms of him lightly. He coun­tered by declar­ing that he is re­spon­sive to any one in Ja­maica that speaks to him on is­sues. He made it clear that he is not be­holden to any mem­ber of par­lia­ment, but to the peo­ple of the coun­try.

“I do not have to wait un­til any mem­ber of par­lia­ment speaks to me, nor do I have to speak to any one of them to make al­lo­ca­tion for work to be done. Any cit­i­zen in Ja­maican can call my of­fice num­ber and I will lis­ten to them and, if pos­si­ble, ad­dress their sit­u­a­tion,” Warm­ing­ton said.

The state min­is­ter slammed some mem­bers of par­lia­ment who he said were lazy, thus forc­ing cit­i­zens to go di­rectly to him seek­ing his intervention.

“If they were do­ing their jobs as MP, a lot of cit­i­zens would not have to go to min­is­ters,” he said.

Warm­ing­ton told The Gleaner that re­cently, a coun­cil­lor from the Dalvey divi­sion in East­ern St Thomas sought his as­sis­tance.

“Coun­cil­lor (Michael) McLeod came to me and com­plained to me about a gully that has al­ways be­ing flooded in Dalvey. Fen­ton Fer­gu­son, the MP, has never brought it to my at­ten­tion,” Warm­ing­ton said.

FUNDS AL­LO­CATED

Con­tin­ued Warm­ing­ton: “Golden Grove in St Ann, the mem­ber of par­lia­ment did not speak to me about the prob­lem there. It was the cit­i­zens that sought a meet­ing with me. We had the meet­ing and I al­lo­cated the funds for the road to be fixed there.”

He said it was a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in Hamp­ton Green, Span­ish Town, where an is­sue was brought to his at­ten­tion by cit­i­zens and not the MP. The state min­is­ter said that he has found the funds to as­sist the res­i­dents and the work will com­mence.

“If the prac­tice be­fore was that a min­is­ter must go through a mem­ber of par­lia­ment, that type of prac­tice ends with me,” a tough-talk­ing Warm­ing­ton told The Gleaner.

“It is not go­ing to hap­pen un­der this min­is­ter,” he said.

In the mean­time, Warm­ing­ton is promis­ing to be de­fi­ant to Azan by vow­ing not to change “one iota” of how he op­er­ates. He says he will be work­ing with the na­tion’s cit­i­zens to achieve the min­istry’s ob­jec­tives.

“Whether coun­cilors, whether or­di­nary cit­i­zens, whether it is par­ent-teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion, whether it is the schools, I am go­ing to be work­ing with them,” he in­sisted, while mak­ing it clear that MPs can still “come to me”.

WARM­ING­TON

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