JIS News

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has stressed the need to spread proper values and attitudes throughout the length and breadth of Jamaica.

“I feel we could do much more in terms of the values and attitudes. I don’t think we have gotten off the ground the way we ought to,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said, during an interview with JIS News.

Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during his Throne Speech on Thursday morning, April 4, announced that the Government will be undertaking a values and attitude programme during the 2013/2014 fiscal year.

Mrs. Simpson Miller told JIS News that she will be meeting with the churches, other organisations, and various communities so as to get wide cross sections of persons involved in the initiative.

She noted that the values and attitudes programme will help with the “kind of behaviour that is not in keeping with good Jamaican morals.”

“Our concern, as well, is the fact that a number of women and children are being abused, and I believe if we push proper values and attitude, people will realise and recognise that it is better to treat each other with love, and for us to live in peace and unity rather than fighting,” she stated.

A series of islandwide consultations will be convened to advance this critical process of transformation and to change the culture of how Jamaicans treat each other.

By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter