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Mr. Speaker, the theme of my presentation, “Restoring the Hope – Building Entrepreneurs”, is based on Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. This theme is supportive of the overall thrust of the Government towards achieving transformational growth and recognizes, in particular, the tremendous potential entrepreneurship provides for a prosperous future.

Mr. Speaker, as Member of Parliament I am accountable, first and foremost, to the constituents of West Central, St. James. I wish to thank them for voting for me and for supporting me. I wish specially to thank the Most Honourable Prime Minister for giving me the privilege and reposing the confidence in me to be part of this noble government and for being an example to me and to the nation of a caring, responsible and inspiring leader. I would also like to thank you Mr. Speaker, for your dutiful command as Speaker of the House.

I would like to thank the Honourable Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce for his guidance and leadership over the ministry. I know that the vision that he has for Jamaica to become the 4th node in the global logistics hub will come to pass and that he is working assiduously to see it materialize. I have every confidence that under his able leadership, we will attain that goal.

I thank the People’s National Party and my colleagues for their support and encouragement, and in particular, my counselors Michael Troupe and Avery Rosegreen, the Region 6 chairman D. K. Duncan, chairman Gordon Baldie and the constituency secretary Juraney Quarrie, the executive of the constituency, my constituency staff, Shiwi, Denise, Patrick Rosegreen, Dave Allen my CDF consultant, my driver J.C., my security and my staff at the ministry, Nora Blake and my secretary. I want to make special mention of the PNP’s Women’s Movement and their hard work for this nation. Many of them are the unsung heroes. They need to be recognized.

Most of all, I would like to thank my husband Peter for his unfailing love and support and my children Leah, Stephanie and Matthew for allowing me to serve, my parents Greta and Eugene Ffolkes, my brother Eugene Anthony and my sister Suzanne and her husband Peter and family.

My pastors, bishops, my church family here, and in the Diaspora, for their support and prayers. God has kept me, blessed me and empowered me to do the work that I do. To Him be all the glory.

Road Repairs

Mr. Speaker, I report on my constituency.

Repairs to major roads and drains have been carried out on Long Hill Road, Bogue Hill Road and the Granville to Gutters Main Road. These roads have been in need of repair, some for up to 18 years. I wish to thank Minister Richard Azan for his assistance on these roads.

J.E.E.P

Mr. Speaker, under the J.E.E.P programme between phases one and two we have spent some $35 million on various projects in Spring Gardens, Mount Salem, and Granville communities. These projects involved patching and repairing of roads, bushing, and the cleaning of drains. Repairs were done on the Catherine Mount Road, Mt. Salem Main Road, and Barnett View Heights, Jarrett Terrace, Pheonix Ave, Catherine Drive, Rhynie Drive, Moy Hall, Tower Hill, Bayview Drive, Granville Drive, Gunns Drive and Gordon Crescent. U drains were constructed at Crawford Street and Clarke Streets and a main drain was constructed on Granville Drive. Repairs were done to the community centre and basic school at Gutters where the roof was leaking and badly in need of repairs. In addition, drain cleaning was carried out in Catherine Hall as part of disaster mitigation efforts. We also restored the badly damaged retaining walls on the Long Hill Road and on the Bogue Hill Road contributing to road safety on the busy thoroughfares of St. James.

I would like to report, Mr. Speaker, that some 700 persons were employed in the constituency through JEEP Phases 1 and 2…READ MORE

Download Contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate by State Minister, the Hon. Jessica Ffolkes Abrahams, M.P.