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  • Residents of Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth were out in their numbers yesterday (May 23), to participate in projects across the parishes for Labour Day.
  • “Water is life and what the NWC has done here is marvelous. I applaud them for being hands on, as the agency’s members are here working with us,” the State Minister noted.
  • Over in St. Elizabeth, a major clean-up project took place in the Santa Cruz area of the parish, including the washing and repainting of sections of the market.

Residents of Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth were out in their numbers yesterday (May 23), to participate in projects across the parishes for Labour Day.

State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., was on hand to take part in the activity at the Bethel Town Police Station in Westmoreland, which was one of 75 projects undertaken in the parish.

The Bethel Town project involved the construction of a base for the erection of three water tanks, to address the water shortage at the station.

The State Minister mixed concrete, laid steel and drove nails for the building of the stand for the 650 gallon water tanks, and also painted the police station.

Speaking to JIS News, Senator Charles expressed satisfaction with the level of support the project received from the community as well as from corporate Jamaica. The National Water Commission (NWC) also donated the three tanks.

“This is excellent. It’s exactly what Jamaica needs. It embodies and demonstrates the strength of our people, the kind of commitment that citizens have to the entire initiative of reducing crime and violence and the administration of justice and protecting the integrity of our system by building the welfare of our Police, and even the persons who are within our custody,” he said.

“Water is life and what the NWC has done here is marvelous. I applaud them for being hands on, as the agency’s members are here working with us,” the State Minister noted.

Senator Charles is also encouraging other stakeholders to participate in projects that assist in building the morale of the Police force.

The NWC’s Regional Director, Kevin Kerr, told JIS News that the project was born out of the Commission’s commitment to its corporate responsibilities, and expressed delight that Senator Charles was an active participant.

“It’s a good feeling for the State Minister to be here to support the project,” Mr. Kerr said.

Meanwhile, the main Labour Day project for Westmoreland – removal of solid waste from the community of Whithorn and its environs – received tremendous support from all stakeholders.

Secretary Manager of the Westmoreland Parish Council, Opal Beharrie, said several truck loads of bulky solid waste were removed from Whithorn, Logwood, Shrewsbury and other areas.

She pointed out that work was also done at the George’s Plain, Sir Clifford Campbell, Unity, Coke’s View and Hertford Primary Schools; the Shrewsbury and Logwood Basic Schools; the Cooke Street and Farm Pen Early Childhood institutions and the Mount Airy All Age School.

Over in St. Elizabeth, a major clean-up project took place in the Santa Cruz area of the parish, including the washing and repainting of sections of the market.

The parish had some 70 Labour Day projects registered,  including road patching, the placing of garbage receptacles as well as the removal of bulky solid waste to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

Labour Day 2016 was observed under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake – Keep it Clean’.

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