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  • State Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, is appealing for motorists to observe the speed limit on the roads, in order to reduce crashes.
  • While lauding the quality work done on the CMI access road, he urged caution in its use and other roads across the country.
  • The rehabilitation of the 950-meter roadway was undertaken by the National Works Agency (NWA) under the Road Maintenance Fund, at a cost of $15 million.

State Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, is appealing for motorists to observe the speed limit on the roads, in order to reduce crashes.

Speaking at a ceremony to officially open the rehabilitated roadway leading to the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) in Kingston today (March 3), the State Minister noted that too many persons are suffering serious injuries and families are losing loved ones, due to careless driving.

While lauding the quality work done on the CMI access road, he urged caution in its use and other roads across the country.

“It is funds well spent, and those who drive…please drive carefully on this road. The worst thing I could hear is that a student gets hurt on this road,” Mr. Azan said.

The rehabilitation of the 950-meter roadway was undertaken by the National Works Agency (NWA) under the Road Maintenance Fund, at a cost of $15 million.

This roadway has been in a state of disrepair for years and was unsafe for staff, students and visitors.

The project will put the CMI in further good standing with its international accrediting bodies.

Executive Director of the institution, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, pointed out that the CMI, as a regional training institution, has to maintain its international reputation and so having a good access road “is very important.”

He informed that up to recently, accrediting auditors made special note of the poor condition of the access road to the Institute. “We are very happy for this improvement of the road that is in a first class condition,” the Executive Director said.

Born out of co-operation between the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway to train professional seafarers, the Institute has extended its reach globally and is today recognised as a centre of excellence for tertiary maritime education in the Caribbean.