The revamped ‘Lengthman Programme’ will serve to absorb and repurpose labour from any temporary fallout due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
This was noted by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2020/21 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.
He informed that a “modernised, technology-enabled version” of the programme, which is slated to start in the first quarter of the new Budget year, will be implemented at the community level by local residents and will commence with high-trafficked corridors and inter-parish roadways.
“It will also provide an opportunity for workers who have been displaced from the sugar industry,” the Prime Minister said.
He noted that a sum of $500 million has been allocated in the Budget to undertake the programme, which is a preventative maintenance programme for rural roads and high-trafficked corridors, built on a performance-based system and enabled by technology.