Fees could eat away money for road patching – Phillips
Member of Parliament for North West Manchester Mikael Phillips has raised concern that funds allocated for an islandwide patching programme could be eroded by the fees charged by the government agencies which will implement the programme.
Last week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that each of the 63 constituencies is to be allocated $10 million to undertake immediate patching of roads and general clean-up across Jamaica.
The National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).
However, Phillips told the House of Representatives Yesterday he was concerned that constituents would be expecting $10 million to be spent directly on the work, but this would not be the case, given the fees.
Holness gave a commitment he would see what could be done about the fees charged by the agencies.
Holness said the executing agencies will soon send letters to members of Parliament giving the detailed breakdown of the programme.