School for the Blind to get security cameras
Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer
THE PARLIAMENTARY committee of the Constituency Development Fund (COF) on Tuesday gave the green light to request funds to purchase security cameras for the Salvation Army School for the Blind, which failed to get the vote of the full committee last week.
At a meeting specially convened to clear the backlog of projects, largely requests to accommodate new members of parliament, the project, which was submitted by St Andrew North West Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, was approved without a whimper.
It was third time lucky for Smith and the school community, as the project had been hauled before the members of the committee who had questioned the validity of the request.
Representatives of the CDF unit, which is based in the Office of the Prime Minister, last week told the committee that a site visit by the unit verified that that the request was for the School for the Blind, and not the church.
Refused to sign
However, last week, former committee chair Everald Warmington raised objections and refused to sign the project, arguing that the documents were not signed by the implementing agency - the Social Development Commission.
Committee chair Dr D.K. Duncan had said he was disappointed that the committee failed to sign off on the project, and said he hoped no one at the institution came to any harm as a result of the committee's failure.
The sitting was the final meeting for the financial year.