JEEP parked, HOPE hits the road
The Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) has been permanently taken off the road by state minister with responsibility for works Everald Warmington.
The former flagship employment programme, introduced by Portia Simpson Miller more than four years ago, has now been replaced by the Housing, Opportunity, Prosperity, and Employment (HOPE) programme.
"Our HOPE is not a wish, not a desire or a dream. It is real. It is tangible. It means taking our people from poverty to prosperity," Warmington said yesterday as he made his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.
He said HOPE was one of the Government's strategies to provide a one-stop shop for social-intervention programmes affecting the local community and the most vulnerable groups in the society such as children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers, the unemployed, the underemployed, persons who fall below the poverty line, and victims of disasters.
Warmington said the HOPE programme would offer members of parliament an efficient system to streamline programmes for constituency development.
"Each member of parliament will be able to manage and plan the support to the constituency through a central hub," the state minister added.
The Government will be establishing a secretariat to deal with the daily operations of HOPE.