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Reparations towards nation building

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:00 AM


The British government is doing itself a great disservice by not paying reparations to Jamaica, for its role in the enslavement of African slaves, who were brought by the British to the then British colony, Jamaica, via the trans-atlantic slave trade, and used and abused, by British slave owners, to work on their sugar plantations.

Reparations should take the form of the following:

- Full university scholarships to British universities, awarded annually by the British government, to 100 outstanding Jamaica high school graduates, who, consistently, maintained high grades, throughout their high school careers. These scholarships would be awarded for 20 years.

- An annual grant to the Government of Jamaica of £100 million, to be put, solely, towards improving the social and economic conditions and welfare of Kingston and St Andrew’s inner cities. This programme would last for 20 years.

- A grant to pay for the full tuition of 100 University of the West Indies, Mona students, in the areas of medicine, law, nursing, teaching, and the social sciences. This programme would last for 20 years.

The construction of a state-of-the-art prison facility, by the British government, along with an annual contribution of £20 million towards the maintenance of that facility. The latter would last for 20 years.

The construction – fully funded by the British government – of 14 state-of-the-art high schools, one in each parish of Jamaica.

The purchase, by the British government and gifted to Jamaica, of a fleet of six state-of-the-art commercial jets, which would launch the start of the new Air Jamaica.

An annual grant of £100 million, donated to the government of Jamaica, and divided equally among the nation’s public hospitals. These annual grants would be donated over a period of 20 years.

Patrick Gallimore