JIS News

Jamaicans are being challenged to take back the nation from criminal elements and to place focus on the family as the basis for development. The call has come from Gillian Scott, Public Relations and Administrative Officer for Hands Across Jamaica For Righteousness. She was speaking to JIS News prior to the start of the Jamaica Homecoming 2005 Family Expo, held recently at Emancipation Park.
She noted that the event, held under the theme: ‘Lets take our country back’, was a “call for Jamaicans to arise, to celebrate, to fellowship, to return to their home communities in order to take back our nation.”
She noted that as a nation, Jamaicans should be stirred to respond to this call, in keeping with the tenets of the National Anthem.
“We believe that the family and the communities in particular, are the key pillars” to taking back Jamaica, Ms. Scott told JIS News, while informing that Hands Across Jamaica would be placing heightened focus “on the family unit as one of the keys to national development and prosperity.”
The Jamaica Homecoming 2005 Family Expo was opened by Governor General, His Excellency Sir Howard Cooke and featured displays by a number of groups and sectors including the government, the church, the banking and manufacturing industries.
Giving his opinion of the Expo, Granville Newell from the Values and Attitudes Secretariat, lauded the efforts of the organizers, while adding that “any opportunity to push the Values and Attitudes programme and to cause our people to return to certain values” will bring about a better society.
Friday’s Expo ended with a massive gospel concert featuring artistes such as Katalys Crew, Joan Myers, Jon Williams and Perpetual Praise.