Ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures needed for so­cial change

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION - THE ED­I­TOR, Madam:

I MUST laud Dud­ley McLean for his call for the dis­man­tling of the po­lit­i­cal gar­risons in Ja­maica in his let­ter in The Gleaner on Oc­to­ber 13. He rea­soned that this in­grained mal­ady in our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is a prime de­ter­mi­nant fac­tor in elec­tion vic­to­ries and opined that this is likely to be the de­cid­ing fac­tor if Mark Gold­ing beats Lisa Hanna to be­come the leader of the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party. It would seem to me that it will take ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures to bring about a change.

I am sure that de­spite such a tragic re­al­ity of Ja­maica, like the prover­bial phoenix, with all its hu­man po­ten­tial, ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion, nat­u­ral re­sources, and sound­ness of the world-class brand that we pos­sess, we can rise to greater heights.

This re­quires a na­tional so­cial and po­lit­i­cal re­nais­sance spear­headed by the Church speak­ing with one voice in­sist­ing to chart the fol­low­ing:

1. Con­vene a na­tional ec­u­meni­cal con­fer­ence preach­ing equal­ity and jus­tice for all mankind.

2. Gal­vanise the pow­er­ful Pub­lic Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica to chart a plan for a so­cial, eco­nomic, and po­lit­i­cal re­newal, en­gag­ing the banks to re­move the ser­vices charges levied on clients.

3. Cre­ate a na­tional in­vest­ment fund geared to­wards the sup­port of mi­cro and small busi­ness to ex­ploit new indige­nous prod­ucts and ser­vices with em­pha­sis on gen­er­at­ing for­eign ex­change and lo­cal em­ploy­ment.

4. Use the prison pop­u­la­tion as a cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic growth to pro­vide abun­dant food, meat, milk for lo­cal con­sump­tion for ex­port along with skills train­ing ser­vices such as con­struc­tion and build­ing main­te­nance etc.

5. Ex­ploit Brand Ja­maica by pro­duc­ing sugar cane, co­conut water, and fruit juice for ex­port.

6. Pro­vide a res­o­lu­tion to the pro­tracted water prob­lem.

7. Re­store Kingston, the cap­i­tal city. This should in­volve the seg­men­ta­tion of the area with a polytech­nic built on the grounds of the present cor­rec­tional cen­tre; the pro­vi­sion of low, medium, and up­per hous­ing, of­fices, and com­merce; an en­ter­tain­ment park; and a new mul­ti­storey state-of-the-art mar­ket.

8. Sys­tem­at­i­cally and grad­u­ally re­move zinc fences us­ing the re­sources of the Na­tional Hous­ing Trust and pri­vate-sec­tor land swap­ping to re­store and re­new di­lap­i­dated hous­ing by car­ry­ing out a land cen­sus to re­al­lo­cate land by com­pen­sat­ing de­vel­op­ers.

This would cer­tainly trans­form Ja­maica into a par­adise.

DR J.D. WOOD Direc­tor Ja­maica Foun­da­tion for Nat­u­ral Medicine jaf­nam@ya­hoo.com

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