... Hudson calls for action to transform Jamaica's capital
While she aspires to be a forensic pathologist, the just-appointed youth mayor of Kingston, Annakay Hudson, says she has not ruled out a future in public speaking or politics.
With the cameras rolling and dozens of her peers and many stakeholders looking on, the grade 13 Campion College student delivered a rousing address to the Kingston and
St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) junior council forum on Thursday.
"Let us be irritated this morning," Hudson declared, clearly exuding confidence way beyond her years. "Let us be irritated by crime, violence, low economic activity, unclean environments, lack of education and lack of infrastructure. These are big problems for a big city. We won't just cover them up and pretend that they don't exist, but encapsulate them with great solutions until they no longer exist," said the Campionite to the sound of applause and desk banging.
With Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams directly to her left and Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown also present in the council chamber, both nodding and smiling in approval, Hudson continued with her compelling presentation.
"Let us add layers of peace to our city. No longer should it be plagued with crime and violence but a tranquil and safe environment. Let us coat ourselves with a positive attitude to economic growth and development and to facilitate sustainability within the city. Let us put on cleanliness so our city will reflect godliness."
As part of its Local Government Month activities, the KSAMC will host junior council meetings and engage the members of the junior council to table resolutions that they believe can help to improve the standards of living within the city.
The forum was held under the theme 'Local Governance: the Pathway to Securing Better Communities'.