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  • A multipurpose complex, housing a post office, poor relief office, home work centre, and a market, was officially opened on July 8 in the community of Thompson Town, Clarendon.
  • The $8 million facility was constructed through financing from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), Clarendon Parish Council, and donations from businesses.
  • Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator, Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who addressed the opening ceremony, hailed Mr. Azan for mobilising the various partners in undertaking the project.

A multipurpose complex, housing a post office, poor relief office, home work centre, and a market, was officially opened on July 8 in the community of Thompson Town, Clarendon.

The $8 million facility was constructed through financing from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), Clarendon Parish Council, and donations from businesses, as well as private contributions from Member of Parliament for North West Clarendon, Hon. Richard Azan.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator, Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who addressed the opening ceremony, hailed Mr. Azan for mobilising the various partners in undertaking the project.

She said the facility “is a great example of the power of partnership and how good can result when we work together.”

Senator Falconer urged the residents to use the centre for empowerment activities.

“This complex must be regarded as a community asset and it should be treated as such. This must serve as an important meeting place where you can discuss ideas and make plans that can build the community and build your people,” she said.

“It would be a disservice if you do not take care of it and use it to the full advantage of the community. You have a duty to protect this investment,” she noted further.

Mr. Azan reported that eight computers are available for the homework centre, and a training programme, being coordinated by Principal of the Thompson Town High School, Richard Morgan, will commence shortly with 25 young persons.

The Member of Parliament expressed gratitude to all the donors, who responded to his request to uplift the community by contributing to the establishment of the community centre.

He warned that “no indiscipline will be tolerated here,” as “it is for the people of Thompson Town, and I don’t want anyone to damage anything here.”