JEEP jobs hit 3,000
THE GOVERNMENT is claiming that the number of jobs created under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) is 3,000.
Yesterday, the Jamaica Information Service, quoting Dr Omar Davies, the minister of transport, works and housing, said temporary jobs have been created in various areas.
"They are in varied fields, such as construction, in terms of work being done through the National Works Agency (NWA) to repair gullies. There are also some roadworks, and jobs in education and agriculture," Davies is reported to have said.
"We have committed approximately the equivalent of US$10 million for this first phase, starting in March of the last fiscal year," the minister said.
JEEP was launched by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on March 22 in St Andrew.
Mid-April, Lucille Brodber, the project manager for JEEP, told The Gleaner that just under 1,200 jobs had been created under JEEP.
At the time, Brodber told The Sunday Gleaner that 612 jobs have been created in the agricultural sector and 580 by way of works being implemented by the NWA.