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NHT deserves to be flogged

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM


The Holy Scriptures template introduced in Acts 21:39 of how a citizen ought to be treated makes THE STAR report of Thursday, February 1, 2018, extremely reprehensible.The stomach-wrenching, dehuman-ising treatment of a Jamaican citizen by the National Housing Trust (NHT) belongs to the caveman era.

In the template provided in Acts, the Roman soldier attempted to flog the apostle Paul. The apostle exclaimed that he was a citizen of Rome, born in Tarsus, and hence he ought not to be flogged without due process. The Roman soldier knew that flogging a Roman citizen without due process meant that the soldier would be flogged with many stripes.

This, therefore, is an appeal to forthwith ameliorate the NHT's appalling indiscretion.

The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) and the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) ought to redress the situation through the Global Environmental Fund.




The appeal fits hand in glove and like a custom-built suit with the EFJ's mission, 'To be a major funder of environmental-protection and child-survival initiatives in the interest of sustainable development'.

Keeping in mind that the EFJ was founded on the initiative of a debt swap, an initiative with this victim and the reported 30 other former sugar workers can be started.

A novel approach can be a joint venture between the NHT and the EFJ by building a Allan Shaw Campbell Memorial Environmental Observatory. Engage and train these former sugar workers to become environmental stewards. Jump-start sustainable income-generating projects, for example, utilising the very deep roots and immense pedigree of the 100-year-old Innswood Estate and Chedwin Park, affectionately called 'Little Lords', into the emerging animation industry.

Fulsome commendation to the STAR reporter and to a concerned citizen who raised the predicament on radio. May this appeal gain quick success.