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Government to provide high-level security for north-south highway project

Published:Friday | October 17, 2014 | 9:52 AM

The Government has pledged round-the-clock, high-level security for the massive road construction programme being undertaken by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), in St Catherine.

A senior police officer is to be assigned by Police Commissioner Dr Karl Williams to head a high security team.

CHEC is to cease large cash transactions on their sites that serve as a lure to hoodlums.

These measures were among several discussed at a top level meeting involving CHEC representatives, Government officials and a throng of senior police personnel.

The office is about a mile from the site where four of CHEC’s staff members were ambushed and murdered in the district of Bowers Wood over the weekend.

There were indications that investigators are probing whether the killings were connected to extortion.

The four workers were robbed of more than $2 million in cash for salary, a large quantity of which was located yesterday.

Transport and Works Minister, Dr Omar Davies declined to comment on the likely motive for the attack but divulged that the discussions in the meeting were open and frank.

Meanwhile, CHEC’s Communications Manager, Jennifer Armond, says the company has been struggling with crime elements along the highway route for some time.

And she says yesterday’s meeting was overdue.

Natalie Neita Headley, the Member of Parliament for North Central St Catherine, in which the North South project is currently being undertaken, says other troubling issues concerning workers needed to be addressed.

Neita Headly says while it was not discussed at yesterday’s meeting the issue of classification of labour and payments warrant immediate attention.

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