Phase three of JEEP close to completion
Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
PHASE THREE of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) is close to completion, as more than $600 million has been spent to implement projects in communities islandwide.
Phase three commenced in March 2014 and the majority of these projects are more than 96 per cent complete.
The projects include routine maintenance activities such as patching, bushing of road banks, drain cleaning and sidewalk construction.
Projects have been completed in the parishes of Clarendon, Hanover, Portland, St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Manchester, Kingston and St James, while those in the parishes of St Andrew, St Catherine, St Thomas, St Mary and St Ann are more than 90 per cent complete.
A little more than 3,200 persons gained employment under JEEP, acquiring skills in the areas of drainage construction, spray patching, road repairs and building construction.
In the meantime, a total of 64 contracts have been awarded under phase four of the programme which started in October 2014. Another 175 projects are now being implemented.
The expenditure on these projects to date is $280 million.