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Residents pleased with clean-up exercise

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 9:03 PM
Local Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie (left) is assisted by Lucea’s Mayor Wynter McIntosh (second left) and community members from Johnson Town, Hanover, with removing an old freezer as part of the five-day clean-up programme which began in the parish on September 10.

Residents of several Hanover communities are praising the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development for implementation of the national clean-up programme in their parish.

The five-day drive commenced in Hanover on September 10, with the communities of Johnson Town, Elgin Town, McQuarrie, Hopewell, Sandy Bay and Lucea being cleared of tons of solid domestic waste.

Expressing support for the programme, several appreciative residents expressed that the exercise will play a major role in ridding the areas of not only bulky waste, but also breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie, who took charge of the first day of the clean-up drive, says he received tremendous support from residents of the targeted communities.

"I am very touched by the involvement of the communities in Hanover. I am hoping that coming out of this exercise we will see an increase in awareness, and we will see significant improvements as we go along," he said.

The local government ministry is spearheading the National Task Force established by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, also includes the Ministry of Health, National Solid Waste Management Authority, Social Development Commission, National Works Agency, Jamaica Constabulary Force, and the Jamaica Defence Force.