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PM calls on Church to make positive change in Jamaica

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 12:01 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) engages in conversation with (from left) 10-year-old Imar Forbes and six-year-old Deanashae Delisser as they worshipped at the Montego Bay New Testament Church of God in St James yesterday.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has urged members of the Church to play a positive role in making a difference in Jamaica.

While bringing greetings during the divine worship and harvest thanksgiving service at the Montego Bay New Testament Church of God in St James yesterday, Holness said the Church has been making a difference and should continue that practice.

"Things may not be what we want them to be, but we must say thank God they are not as bad as they could be. My message today is that you can make a difference in Jamaica," Holness said.

Also speaking against the background of recent murders in Montego Bay and experience gained while touring several inner-city communities in St James on the weekend, Holness pledged to continue to reach out to the youth, especially young men in the inner-city communities of Montego Bay.

"As I stand at this platform, I reach out to all the young men in Jamaica, particularly in the inner-city communities that surround Montego Bay. You have a choice. Violence is not the only means to resolve conflicts," Holness stated.

 

ROLE CLEARER THAN EVER

 

He told the congregation that the role and duties of the Government in helping the youth is now clearer than ever and that the task would be taken on with all hands on deck.

He further noted that the Government would be putting plans and programmes in place to assist in the development of young people.

"I continue to maintain that there is a star in every ghetto youth. We understand your dreams, your ambitions, your aspirations, your energy, your enterprise and your industry, and the Government has a duty to invest in that, to invest in you, and we commit to doing that," Holness declared.

The prime minister also challenged the youth to make a choice to turn from anti-social activities, which would assist greatly in the reduction of crimes, especially murders.

"We call upon the young men to exercise the right choice. Make a choice today. You are not going to be involved in the crimes, the wrongdoing, the murder. And if every young man was to make that choice, the murder rate would go right down and the growth and the employment would go right up," Holness said.