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More Residents in Clarendon North Central to Get Electricity

By: , October 6, 2023
More Residents in Clarendon North Central to Get Electricity
Photo: Donald De La Haye
Minister of Science, Energy, Telecommunications and Transport, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), holds a makeshift light pole while on a tour of the Citron Street community in Clarendon North Central on October 5. The area is slated for electricity upgrade under the Rural Electrification Programme (REP), administered by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Others pictured (from left) are Member of Parliament for Clarendon North Central, Hon. Robert Morgan; Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Energy, Telecommunications and Transport, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson.
More Residents in Clarendon North Central to Get Electricity
Photo: Donald De La Haye
Minister of Science, Energy, Telecommunications and Transport, Hon. Daryl Vaz (second left), points to a “community street light” in the Cottage Hill community of Clarendon North Central while on a tour of the area on October 5. The community, along with Citron Street, will benefit from a $25-million project under the Rural Electrification Programme (REP), administered by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Others pictured (from left) are Minister of State in the Ministry, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson; Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, and Member of Parliament for Clarendon North Central, Hon. Robert Morgan.
More Residents in Clarendon North Central to Get Electricity
Photo: Donald De La Haye  
Minister of Science, Energy, Telecommunications and Transport, Hon. Daryl Vaz (second left), listens to a resident of Citron Street in Clarendon North Central while on a tour of the area on October 5. The area is to benefit from an electricity upgrading project, which is slated to commence in November. Others pictured (from left) are Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, and Member of Parliament for Clarendon North Central, Hon. Robert Morgan.

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More than 200 residents in Clarendon North Central are to benefit from a $25-million project under the Rural Electrification Programme (REP), administered by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).

The beneficiary communities are Citron Street and Cottage Hill.

In Citron Street, wiring and installation will be done on 160 houses, and 120 houses will be done in the Cottage Hill community.

While on a tour in the communities on October 5, Minister of Science, Energy, Telecommunications and Transport, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said a contract will shortly be awarded for the project, which will facilitate infrastructural works such as poles and cover costs to wire the houses.

“The cost is prohibitive for a number of residents in the rural areas. No citizen will be asked to pay for the wiring. What they will be asked to do is connect to JPS (Jamaica Public Service Company) when it comes to the district, and there will be zero tolerance in relation to the theft of electricity after the community has been wired,” Mr. Vaz said.

The Minister called on the community members to protect themselves from that “type of activity”, as JPS and the police will be acting against electricity theft in the area.

Accompanying Mr. Vaz were his Minister of State, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson; Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Robert Morgan, and Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney.

“The contract will start in November, and it is expected to last until the end of January or February, at which point all the residents will have access to JPS, which will come here to make sure that the applications are filled out, and the residents can get legal electricity,” he said.

For his part, Mr. Morgan said none of the two communities have “proper electricity”, with some persons running wires up to 600 metres to obtain the service.

He said that during his campaign to become the Member of Parliament, the issue dominated concerns by the residents, and “we want to regularise them, so that they can feel as part of the society”.

The REP aims to extend electricity to rural Jamaica as part of the Government’s commitment to provide the entire island with access to electricity, stimulate economic and social activity in rural Jamaica, and provide a better-quality life in rural communities.

Last Updated: October 6, 2023

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