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JEEP to improve disabled persons access to major towns

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2015 | 8:12 AM
In this 2013 photo, Roger Campbell (left) and Jenard Williamson in their wheelchairs, work on the construction of a side walk that should assist members of the the disabled community travel safely along the roadway in Elletson Flats.

Senate President, Floyd Morris, says the Government has committed to using the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) to improve the accessibility of major towns across Jamaica to disabled persons.

He says Works Minister Dr Omar Davies has indicated that work under JEEP could begin later this year.

And he made the disclosure last night while confirming that he has sought the intervention of Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, in a case involving a disabled person who was reportedly denied access to a public facility on the weekend.

Senator Morris, who is blind, says the incident highlights the larger issues of attitudes and infrastructural inconveniences that affect how members of the disabled community access public spaces.

In welcoming the commitment from the government, he says public works programmes such as JEEP are means through which some infrastructural changes can be effected to improve the situation.

 

Senate president Floyd Morris

JEEP is the result of a 2011 election promise by the People’s National Party to help unemployed Jamaicans gain an income through short-term work.