Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
THE NATIONAL Integrity Action (NIA) released its first full-length documentary titled The Cost of Corruption: Jamaica's Barrier to Prosperity on Thursday night at the Sovereign Palace Cineplex in Kingston.
The documentary, which took eight months to complete, is the first in a series that is geared towards helping the NIA's mandate of educating the Jamaican people on the consequences that arise from corruption.
"As you are aware, NIA's mandate is primarily focused on building integrity and on combating corruption that is stifling Jamaica's development. We do this through advocacy, public education and training, entirely on a non-partisan basis," said Trevor Munroe, executive director of the NIA.
"We are giving a commitment to the people of Jamaica that we shall continue steadfast with our mandate. In the same breath, I would want to publicly thank our partners, both local and international, who have over the past 12 months supported our work," he added.
Munroe noted that he believed in the resilience of the Jamaican people and that they should face this problem head-on and united as a nation.
The one-hour-long film graphically detailed four episodes in Jamaica's 50-year post-Independence history, each of which indicated how corruption undermined Jamaica's achievements.
These four instances were a loan from the World Bank for education in the 1960s out of which only half the spending was allocated; Operation Pride which was a low-income housing concept; the donation of money by Olint investment scheme to the two major political parties and the series of events that led to the extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
"We are determined to work with our people to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated and that Jamaicans rise to the challenge of building a corruption-free nation," Munroe said