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Government spends about $634m on JEEP phase four

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 1:16 PM

The National Works Agency (NWA) says about $634 million has been spent on projects under phase four of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

It made the disclosure in a statement yesterday as it noted that the projects are nearing completion.

The projects under the current phase are components of the multimillion-dollar Major Infrastructure Development Programme.

The NWA says the projects started last October, and after six months more than 99 per cent of the contracts awarded are substantially completed.

It says 257 projects were undertaken in the 63 constituencies.

Each constituency was allocated $10 million to be used mainly to rehabilitate roads nominated by the community and endorsed by the Member of Parliament.

An additional $140 million was also allocated as a contingency fund, which was used to address additional works identified by each parish councils.

JEEP is the result of an election promise by the People’s National Party to help unemployed Jamaicans gain an income through short-term work.