MP shares vision for St James Central
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Heroy Clarke CONSTITUENCY: St James Central FIRST-TIME MEMBER of Parliament for St James Central Heroy Clarke said he has a vision for his constituency that is built on four pillars – early-childhood education, learn and earn programme, constituency cooperative society and social infrastructural development.
In his contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives, Clarke said he has been pulling together the necessary resources to achieve his targeted goals.
The MP said he will focus on education at all levels, but noted that special emphasis will be placed on early childhood education.
He stated that he will be engaging several tertiary institutions such as the University of Technology, the University of the West Indies, Caribbean Maritime Institute, the HEART Trust/NTA, among others, to promote programmes which are in demand in his constituency.
He said the Glendevon Centre of Excellence would be restored shortly to target at-risk youth by getting them involved in skills training programmes.
Clarke said remedial education would be provided for others who are unable to access the skills training programme at this time.
On the question of entrepreneurship, the MP told his parliamentary colleagues that he has been having dialogue with a number of interest groups to conduct training for persons who are desirous of starting micro businesses.
Turning to the issue of crime, Clarke said the effort to stamp out this problem in Montego Bay must be sustained, noting that he supports the deployment of the security forces to quell the recent flare-up of violence in a number of communities.