Postal Services must be Improved… Not Reduced


Government is reviewing the viability of its postal outlets without reducing the vital services that they provide for rural residents.
This assurance was given by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister, Daryl Vaz after visiting the Moneague Post Office and the Rio Hoe Postal Agency in St Ann recently.
The Minister said that the Government was considering joint ventures with the private sector to ensure that all postal outlets remain open. He said that many of the agencies are on Government-owned land in good locations in towns and districts and the imperative was to build on this legacy and partner with compatible commercial interests and keep the services available to people.
Senior members from the Postal Corporation who participated in the visit, advised the Minister that the Rio Hoe agency, which was built by the community in 2003, needed repairs to the slab roof to correct leaks. The Agency also needed to have a secure revenue stream to cover the cost of utilities. The Moneague Post Office, however, requires a complete development plan, demolition and reconstruction.
Minister Vaz praised the staff of the Postal Corporation for the work that they continue to do under less than ideal circumstances and assured them that he would review how the situation could be improved in the shortest possible time. Member of Parliament for South East St Ann, Lisa Hanna and Councillor for the Moneague Division, Lloyd Garrick hosted the Minister and his team during their visit.

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