Clean-up programme planned for Jamaica 50
The Government is to embark on a multimillion-dollar year-long programme to give the country a facelift.
'Keep Jamaica Clean - Jamaica 50' is the title given to the programme, which is being designed to rid communities of rats and other pests while giving them a fresh look.
Minister with Responsibility for Information Sandrea Falconer is heading the inter-ministerial team organising the clean-up, which has already started with the baiting of rats in some communities.
According to Falconer, while the final budget has not yet been completed, a public-education programme costing $43 million is set to get under way shortly, while more than $100 million is expected to be spent over the year.
The first indicator of just how much will be spent should come today when the 2012-2013 Estimates of Expenditure is tabled during the ceremonial opening of Parliament.
But even as the Government prepares to spend money it does not have to clean up the country, Falconer urged all Jamaicans to play their part.
"It is something that, as Jamaicans, we all have to give serious consideration as to how we treat our environment," Falconer told the weekly Jamaica House media briefing.
"We have to take responsibility as individuals and as communities for the way we store our garbage ... we must store them in a way that they don't become food for rodents.