Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, has expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of road works being undertaken across sections of Westmoreland at a cost of over $1.5 billion.
“So far, we are satisfied that the majority of the projects being carried out will be completed within time, as we are hoping to wrap up all these projects by the end of June,” he said.
Mr. Azan was speaking to JIS News on Thursday, March 21, after a tour of road rehabilitation and upgrading projects in the eastern and central parts of the parish.
The works are being undertaken under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), as other initiatives.
Among the areas visited were Ashton, Berkshire, Cedar Grove, Whitehouse, Belmont, Cave, Stony Bridge and Ferris.
Mr. Azan, who was accompanied by representatives from his Ministry and the National Works Agency, assessed the status of the works and got a first-hand look at the condition of other roadways.
He expressed pleasure that community members are being included in the general workforce.
Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, and State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Luther Buchanan, also expressed pleasure.
He pointed out that the improvement works will enhance the economic prospects of the entire parish as well as that of the country.
By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporter