Tue | Dec 12, 2017

Nationwide street-lighting programme needed

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Recently, there has been great focus on the parish of St Ann, in particular the need for funding of extra street lights throughout the parish.

I can recall a cry some time ago by former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson that he wanted to implement a national street lighting programme in which every Jamaican household would pay a little extra in their electricity bills to fund this programme. This proposal was totally rejected by most Jamaicans. Fast forward to April 2017, the present administration has asked residential electricity users to dig deep in their pockets to plug a J$6 billion bill owed to the JPSco by reducing the threshold for GCT on residential electricity from 350kwh per month to just 150 Kwh.

Jamaica on a whole is extremely dark at night and there needs to be a nationwide street lighting programme.

With the 2018-19 budget in sight, I hate to think what the good minister of finance has up his sleeves to squeeze the Jamaica householder even more. Can I suggest that the government uses what was saved in this year's budget to at least commence this much-needed programme as soon as possible.

The continued funding can come from the collection of further general consumption tax.

Night crime in Jamaica is rampant.

Wesley Thomas