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Portia Simpson Miller, Minister of Local Government, Community Development and Sport, has encouraged Jamaicans to “come together to engage our communities in the effort of rebuilding and rehabilitation”.
She said that the nation had faced many challenges this year, such as extensive damage to local infrastructure as a result of the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season, as well as the wave of crime and violence affecting the country, but urged that, “as we worked towards the restoration of our infrastructure, we should not neglect the restoration of our values and attitudes”.
“I urge us all to reclaim our reputation of being a caring nation, a caring people, who are proud to be Jamaicans,” the Minister said in her message to mark November as Local Government and Community Month.
The occasion is being observed under the theme: ‘C.A.R.E. Jamaica – Changing, Adapting, Rebuilding and Empowering.’
The celebrations, which began at the start of the month, will continue this weekend with a national church service at Kencot Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kingston on Saturday, November 19 beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Also, on the same day, the Ministry will host a sports day extravaganza at the National Stadium, Stadium-East.
Other parishes are engaged in activities that include community fora, tours of the parish councils and exhibitions.
Secondary school students will also participate in competitions for the positions of junior mayor and deputy mayor of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC).
“We have much to be proud of as we celebrate the achievements of the oldest local government system in the English-speaking Caribbean,” the Minister stated.