PM suggests government playing wrong role in garbage collection service
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hinted that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is being transformed in preparation for possible privatisation of some of its functions.
While pointing out that the transformation is part of a broader thrust to reform the public sector, Holness says the NSWMA has been going through a process of transformation to stem the leakage of public funds and corruption.
He says these affect the delivery and quality of service offered by the garbage collection and waste management agency and this is not acceptable.
However, further to that, the Prime Minister says garbage collection is not a service that he thinks government should be involved in.
Holness suggests the role of government in this regard should be confined to regulating, setting standards and policing those standards, while focusing on efficiency.
He says the NSWMA has to be transformed to ensure that it functions as an effective regulator that regulates the private service provider.
The Prime Minister made the comments Tuesday as he commissioned 11 new compactor trucks, acquired at a cost of over $200 million, at Jamaica House.