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New G2K president urges gov't to tackle mental illness, crime

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2015 | 3:06 AM

Newly-elected president of Generation 2000 (G2K) Matthew Samuda has pledged to use his tenure to help improve the lives of all Jamaicans.

Samuda was speaking yesterday after he was elected unopposed to lead the young professional affiliate of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

He replaces attorney-at-law Floyd Green who did not seek re-election after nearly three years at the helm of the organisation.

Dwight Crawford was also elected to the G2K executive as one of four vice presidents.

In his first address as G2K president, Samuda urge the government to re-allocate some of the money set aside for the treatment of chickungunya to the treatment of mental illness in Jamaica.

He also wants National Security Minister Peter Bunting to outline plans to address the recent upsurge in violence.

Meanwhile, the outgoing president has described his tenure as the greatest honour of his life.

Green urged the new executive to help restore hope among young Jamaicans and to epitomise the best of the JLP.

He says as a country Jamaica is capable of solving all its problems and urged the organisation to go out and remind Jamaicans that the country they believed in at independence in 1962 was led by the JLP.