GG talks up JEEP
THE GOVERNMENT is pushing to meet its target of creating 5,000 jobs in the first phase of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) by next month.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen said the target would be met in June as the JEEP gets into high gear.
Sir Patrick was delivering the Throne Speech in Parliament yesterday, ushering in a new legislative year.
Short-term employment opportunities to be provided under JEEP include river-training works, repairs to gullies and drains, road repairs and the installation of traffic lights. Additionally, provisional jobs created under JEEP involve agricultural activities such as honey production, banana/plantain resuscitation, low-income housing construction and work-based training.
The JEEP is a campaign promise from the Portia Simpson Miller-led Government. Following a number of hiccups, the employment vehicle started in March and is expected to extend to all parishes.