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North West Manchester MP questions usefulness of parish offices

Published:Wednesday | September 24, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

North West Manchester Member of Parliament Mikael Phillips has questioned the usefulness of the parish offices of the National Works Agency (NWA).

Phillips said the offices have become outposts for staff who are not empowered to make decisions.

He said parish officers have to get directions from the NWA head office in Kingston.

He pointed to the example of a boulder that fell onto the roadway in a section of his constituency which the NWA took eight weeks to remove.

He said that it took another six months to pay local contractors for the removal.

South Trelawny MP Marisa Dalrymple Philibert also lashed the NWA for its operations.

She said that a break away in her constituency has not been treated with the urgency that is required and warned that protracted delays could result in loss of lives.

According to the MP, so bad is the situation that when an official from the NWA visited with two government ministers the decision was taken to put a yellow tape around the area signalling danger.

She said months later, the situation has not been addressed.

She said the matter in which the NWA operates "makes us as MPs look grossly ineffective like we are not trying".

The MPs were speaking during Wednesday's sitting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee.


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