Hylton Promises More
Announcing to the House that Eastern St Andrew has been transformed under his watch, government backbencher Andre Hylton said that more than 101 significant projects have been implemented in his constituency and pledged to do more to advance the development of his constituency.
Hylton, while opening the State of the Constituency Debate on September 1, said he has strived to build partnerships through teamwork initiatives, which have resulted in the growth and development of the constituency.
He boasted of having overseen massive transformation in education and infrastructure, even as he called for more funds to be allocated in the Budget to build retaining walls.
"We have, in this constituency, houses that are on the edge of falling into the river. If we do not do something about this now, we are going to have problems. We are calling on the Ministry of Works, through the Ministry of Finance, to have this considered in the next budgetary year," Hylton said.
Eastern St Andrew comprises areas such as Beverly Hills and the Pines of Karachi, Mona, as well as Papine, Mona Commons, Goldsmith Villa and Jarrett Lane.
In Goldsmith Villa, for example, Hylton said there is a section of the gully that also needs repair in order to prevent a catastrophe.
He boasted, however, of improvements in Wareika Hill in the Mountain View area.
"The women going to church in this area had to wrap scandal bags around their shoes when it rains as they only had a dirt track. Through JEEP, a new road has been designed and built. Now they are able to go to church comfortably in their Sunday best," Hylton said.
Of Bedward Crescent, he said that for more than 60 years, the residents had been pleading for this road to be fixed.
"I am happy to report that Bedward Crescent is now fully rehabilitated," he said.
But Opposition MP Karl Samuda was unimpressed by the presentation. He described it as a vulgar use of the Parliament to advance a political end.
"You are using public funds to do political campaign. It is vulgar," Samuda shouted.
But Lloyd B. Smith, the deputy speaker, said that the purpose of the debate is to "give members of parliament the opportunity to indicate their achievement and to look at some of the national issues.
"What I would urge is that we do not descend into grandstanding or politicking," Smith said.