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November is being observed as Local Government and Community Development Month, and according to the Ministry, the month promises to throw the spotlight on communities islandwide, as they unite for a safe and prosperous Jamaica.
The month, which is being celebrated under the theme, ‘Together We Can.Renew, Reclaim and Rebuild our Communities for a Safe and Prosperous Jamaica’, is geared towards focusing on community members sharing the responsibility of healing the country by re-committing to the renewing and rebuilding of their communities.
Observance of the month will get underway with a national church service at the Emancipation Square in Spanish Town, St. Catherine on Sunday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m. The church service will be preceded by a cultural presentation at 1:00 p.m.
Some of the activities planned for the month include: contract signing for road rehabilitation projects in St. Thomas and Portland under the Parish Infrastructural Development Programme (PIDP) at the Local Government Ministry on November 4; Minister Simpson Miller will host a community consultation at the Office of the Prime Minister, Montego Bay on Friday, November 5; dedication of roads in St. Ann rehabilitated under the European Union Stabex Fund on November 10; community work day in Spanish Town on November 21; and the handing over of the Charles Town Sports and Economic Complex in Portland on Sunday, November 28.
The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has also planned a number of activities including: students attending a Council meeting on Tuesday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m.; Councillors’ delegation to Cuba from November 12-15; public town meetings on November 14 and 21; Mayor Desmond McKenzie attending World Conference of Mayors in Trinidad and Tobago from November 17-21; and the KSAC’s Church Service on Sunday, November 28 at the First Community Church of God, 3 Oakland Crescent at 11:00 a.m.
There will also be two civic ceremonies, where the keys to the City of Kingston will be presented to two outstanding citizens. The first presentation will be made to Professor the Hon. Rex Nettleford at a ceremony to be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m., while the Hon. Herb McKenley will receive the keys to the City at a ceremony to be held at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue at the site of the Bob Marley statue on Saturday, November 27 at 4:00 p.m.
The ceremony, which will incorporate the re-naming of Roosevelt Avenue in Mr. McKenley’s honour, will also include the inaugural presentation of the medal of the City of Kingston to past mayors and town clerks in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the city and to local government.
One of the highlights of the month will be the selection of junior mayors for a day by each parish council. These persons will observe the operation of the councils and gain an insight into the daily governance of the parish.
Other activities highlighting the month will be arranged across the island by the parish council in each parish.