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  • Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) through its GOJ-Integrated Community Development Project II (ICDP II) will in February commence, major infrastructure works in the August Town Zone Of Special Operations (ZOSO) areas of African Gardens and Goldsmith Villa West.
  • Meanwhile, Member of Parliament, the Honorable Fayval Williams, said that she was overjoyed that the work has begun. "It gives hope. It signals that the Government is working for the people,". 
  • The projects are being implemented in partnership with the, Ministry of Education & Youth, National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Water Commission (NWC).

Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) through its GOJ-Integrated Community Development Project II (ICDP II) will in February commence, major infrastructure works in the August Town Zone Of Special Operations (ZOSO) areas of African Gardens and Goldsmith Villa West. The works will encompass rehabilitation of roadways and sidewalks, regularization of water supplies network, rehabilitation of drainage system and installation of fire hydrants. These infrastructure works are expected to be completed within six (6) months.

These sub-projects are funded by the Government of Jamaica to the value of approximately Two Hundred Million Jamaican Dollars (J$200,000,000). The Consultants of both the African Gardens and Goldsmith Villa West are CEAC Solutions Company Limited while the Contractor for the African Gardens area is Contraxx Enterprises Limited and the Contractor for the Goldsmith Villa West area is Stone Plus Limited.

Plans for these projects were unveiled during a recent tour of sections of the August Town community by the Member of Parliament, Fayval Williams and the Managing Director of the JSIF and Deputy Chairman for the ZOSO, Omar Sweeney. According to Omar Sweeney;” the road rehabilitation facilitates greater permeability and better policing service and response time to emergencies”. He further reiterated that it is imperative that citizens are given suitable roadways, water and sewer supplies as a social need. “Roadways are an important form of infrastructure that is necessary for communities as it serves as a vital purpose for allowing people and motor vehicles to traverse a range of areas and brings a sense of hope and pride of a new development evolution in their community, while it is necessary for persons to become compliant and have their water supplies regularized by attaining a legal NWC account. The main focus of the ZOSO concept is to continuously maintain the rule of law and order in communities”.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament, the Honorable Fayval Williams, said that she was overjoyed that the work has begun. “It gives hope. It signals that the Government is working for the people,”.  She also expressed that the residents of the August Town community wholeheartedly welcome the infrastructure development underway in their respective communities. She also expressed

appreciation to the JSIF team for overseeing the process and looks forward to the completion and transformation of the areas.

Both sub-projects commence the build phase of the ZOSO which will also include; the rehabilitations to the August Town Primary and Hope Valley Experimental Schools, a safe passages to school project, community parks and green spaces in the addition to other necessary infrastructure works which will commence in the later on in 2022. Each Infrastructure development will be complemented by a comprehensive capacity building programme which include maintenance training for citizens in the community infrastructure areas.

The projects are being implemented in partnership with the, Ministry of Education & Youth, National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Water Commission (NWC).

 

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