National clean-up ex­er­cise com­ing soon

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

STATE MIN­IS­TER with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Works Ever­ald Warm­ing­ton has an­nounced plans by the Gov­ern­ment to carry out a national clean-up ex­er­cise across the coun­try.

Dubbed the ‘National Cleanup and En­vi­ron­men­tal Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive’, the project, ex­pected to start soon, en­tails drain clean­ing, har­vest­ing of plas­tic bot­tles for re­cy­cling, and bush­ing.

“We be­lieve that this ini­tia­tive is timely and nec­es­sary to pro­mot­ing and fos­ter­ing sound en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, civic pride, per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity and over­all health and well-be­ing of the Ja­maican peo­ple,” he said.

Warm­ing­ton, speak­ing in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Wed­nes­day, in­formed that the Ministry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment pre­vi­ously un­der­took a sim­i­lar pro­gramme, which will be con­tin­ued.

“Our cities, towns, gul­lies and com­mu­ni­ties are not in the best con­di­tion and we will en­gage the peo­ple across the na­tion to be in­volved in the clean­ing and disposal of garbage in their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.


He noted that the Ministry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation will be work­ing closely with the Ministry of Health in iden­ti­fy­ing the most crit­i­cal ar­eas for in­ter­ven­tion and vec­tor-con­trol ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We are con­fi­dent that in part­ner­ship with the Ministry of Health and other stake­hold­ers, our ef­forts will be a re­sound­ing suc­cess,” he said.

He ac­knowl­edged the work of the min­istries of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and health in their clean-up ac­tiv­i­ties ear­lier this year in a bid to ad­dress the Zika virus.

Warm­ing­ton said the Gov­ern­ment recog­nised how im­por­tant it was to foster a safer, health­ier and more pros­per­ous Ja­maica by safe­guard­ing the health and so­cial well-be­ing of the peo­ple and the com­mu­ni­ties in which they live.

“We need all hands on deck and need the sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion of ev­ery Ja­maican,” he said.


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