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Invest in securing borders

Published:Saturday | July 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Mandeville, Manchester


Escalating murders were of great concern and needed to be addressed immediately. What seemed missing from the minister of national security's plans is the protection of the nation?s borders. The Government should invest in the protection of the nation?s 1,022km coastlines with an efficient Coastguard and border patrol equipped in preventing terrorists and illegal weapons from entering Jamaica.

Perhaps, instead of tampering with the current arrangements of auxiliary fees in schools, that money should have gone towards acquiring radar equipment, patrol boats, surveillance aircraft, and the recruiting of more Jamaicans in border patrol to monitor the shores via land and sea. We need a cohort of men and women who would work tirelessly as vigilant protectors of our nation's borders.

This should be one of the main priorities of Bobby Montague's first year, along with the appeal to citizens to hand in illegal guns, accompanied by a systematic and deliberate search for illegal weapons in all communities across Jamaica. Our citizens must also realise that the success of any crime plan requires our participation in reporting these illegal guns to the security forces.

Let us secure our borders and secure the lives of our fellow Jamaicans!