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nyam­mings or drink­ing wi love, dem just come and buy two likkle green bot­tle, gi wi two ar­gu­ment and dem gone; wi nah si dem back. Mi wah fi si whoso­ever seh dem a run fi yah so – whether red, green or gold – deal wid di peo­ple dem of­fi­cially. Wa­ter a wi big­gest con­cern and dem use that a trick wi,” he said, to the ap­proval of other res­i­dents.

The Gin­ger Ridge divi­sion is cur­rently rep­re­sented by Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party’s Ral­ston ‘John’ Wil­son, who is seek­ing re-elec­tion. He has served as coun­cil­lor for 37 years.

He said about $80 mil­lion has been spent on putting in place a sys­tem to dis­trib­ute wa­ter from the source at Bel­las Gate and by next week, the res­i­dents should be get­ting wa­ter.

Wil­son is be­ing chal­lenged by the Ja­maica Labour Party’s (JLP) Huit John­son, a pri­ma­ryschool prin­ci­pal.

“Train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion are my big things. One of my visions is to have a job bank to help with an ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme. Also, to con­tinue with the PAID pro­gramme. It’s for poor, am­bi­tious, in­tel­li­gent, dis­ci­plined stu­dents. Stu­dents who are leav­ing schools would get a one-off $10,000 to as­sist with fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

“They would have to earn it, it’s not be­ing giv­ing away,” he said.

While Wil­son has made the area into a PNP strong­hold over the last three decades, the JLP polled 1,389 votes to the PNP’s 1,099 to win the divi­sion in the Fe­bru­ary gen­eral elec­tion.

Gin­ger Ridge falls in the St Cather­ine West Cen­tral con­stituency, rep­re­sented by the JLP’s Dr Christo­pher Tufton.

PHO­TOS BY RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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