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  • The transportation arrangements for participants in the Overseas Employment Programme have now been improved with the acquisition of two new buses.
  • The vehicles can transport up to 100 persons to and from the airports.
  • Ground was broken at the employment centre for the construction of a pavilion to shelter workers during recruitment and processing activities.

The transportation arrangements for participants in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Overseas Employment Programme have now been improved with the acquisition of two new buses.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who officially commissioned the buses valued at US$120,000 into service on Wednesday, February 11, said the vehicles can now transport up to 100 persons to and from the airports.

“The vehicles…will certainly ensure safe and reliable transportation of workers. In fact, these workers will, no doubt, welcome extra leg and luggage space provided,” he said.

He was speaking during the hand-over ceremony for the buses held at the Overseas Employment Services Centre in Kingston.

Mr. Kellier said the Ministry was committed to the efficient management of the Overseas Employment Programme, noting that improved mobility “is an important element of this progressive agenda”.

He informed that the buses will bring to four, the number of vehicles used to transport farm workers as they are dispatched overseas, and will allow the Overseas Employment Services Centre to upgrade the quality of its service to workers.

The Minister said the hand-over was made possible through the generosity of the Jamaica Liaison Service operating out of Canada, noting that it is “good that its officers are taking active interest and participation in the development and upgrading of the Overseas Employment Programme.”

In the meantime, ground was broken at the employment centre for the construction of a pavilion to shelter workers during recruitment and processing activities.

“Funds for this venture are being donated by current farm workers as a gesture of goodwill and support for the programme,” the Minister informed.

This is in keeping with the Ministry’s plans to improve the layout and aesthetics of the centre to involve some major repairs and beautification.