Private sector supports special zoning – Wehby
Government Senator Don Wehby said the various private-sector groups have expressed full support for the Zones of Special Operations Bill.
He said the private-sector groups stand ready to play their part in ensuring the effective implementation of the new crime-fighting law.
The groups that have thrown their support behind the legislation, according to Wehby, are the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.
Wehby, who is also the group chief executive officer of GraceKennedy, encouraged his colleagues to work with the committee that will be established to offer social-intervention support when zones of special operations are declared.
"I stand ready as a leader of the private sector to provide support for any further social-intervention programmes that will be implemented," Wehby assured.
"It is time for the private sector to double down and put their money where their mouth is."
The government senator lamented the daily killings in Jamaica even as he questioned: "How did we get to this place where we are killing each other at a rate of six per day - our people, our most valuable asset?"
Vision 2030 in danger
Wehby warned that if the crime continued along the same vein, Jamaica's Vision 2030 goal to make the country the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business will not happen.
He was making his contribution to yesterday's debate in the Upper House on the Zones of Special Operations bill.
The bill allows the prime minister, in consultation with the National Security Council and with written requests from the heads of the army and police force, to declare an area a zone of special operations.
The declaration of these zones is intended to clamp down on rampant criminality that has left communities cowering in fear.