Future of NHT to be Debated in Parliament – PM Holness

Photo: OPM Photo The Most Hon Andrew Holness, Prime Minister breaks ground for the Maxfield Park Housing Project with Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda, NHT Chairman, Lennox Channer and other NHT Executives on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

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  • Prime Minister Andrew Holness has committed that the Government will debate the future of the National Housing Trust (NHT) in Parliament before the end of the year.
  • Prime Minister Holness made the announcement today (Wednesday, October 3) at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Maxfield Park Housing Project in East Central St. Andrew. According to the Prime Minister, in its present form, the NHT may need some reforms to meet current needs.
  • In that regard, the Prime Minister revealed that the commissioned strategic review of the NHT is now complete. He said the Government is eager to debate the report in Parliament.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has committed that the Government will debate the future of the National Housing Trust (NHT) in Parliament before the end of the year.

Prime Minister Holness made the announcement today (Wednesday, October 3) at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Maxfield Park Housing Project in East Central St. Andrew. According to the Prime Minister, in its present form, the NHT may need some reforms to meet current needs.

In that regard, the Prime Minister revealed that the commissioned strategic review of the NHT is now complete. He said the Government is eager to debate the report in Parliament.

“I want to make that commitment and make that announcement that we (Government) will debate the report in Parliament and make some decisions thereafter as to what will be the reform of NHT,” said Prime Minister Holness.

A strategic review of the NHT was commissioned in 2017 by Prime Minister Holness with the objective of accessing the operations of the NHT with a view to making improvements.

Prime Minister Holness said the Opposition is being asked to support the debate in Parliament.

“That report has in it many proposals as to how we can reform the NHT so that it can both support the national agenda items such as the economic programmes and also how to expand its true mandate which is to increase homeownership in Jamaica,” explained Prime Minister Holness.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness said the Government is committed to giving every citizen the opportunity to homeownership.

“It is the most heartwarming experience when somebody realizes that they have now the key to their own home and I want to give that experience to all Jamaicans,” stated Prime Minister Holness.

Addressing the matter of development in the country, the Prime Minister said he will not allow Jamaica to descend into chaos as a result of improper planning.

“The Government of Jamaica will not sit by and allow the country to descend into chaos, whether it is chaos into development or chaos in public order or chaos in crime. The government of Jamaica is taking a proactive, instrumental and deliberate approach to intervene in the development of communities to ensure that the development is orderly, is peaceful but more importantly it is equitable and accessible,” said Prime Minister Holness.

Approximately 210 housing solutions will be built on Ricketts Crescent on over six acres of land in the Maxfield Avenue area. The constituency is represented by Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips.

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