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Fix NYS, curb crime

Published:Monday | May 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM


For the last few years, on television, in the newspaper, letters, I have been beseeching the Government of Jamaica to return the $150 million to the National Youth Service (NYS). Under the previous administration, the NYS was watered down to its current state.

If we have seen the outputs of that programme, where soldiers trained those young people, where the standards were high and students felt great to be included, why would we have neglected the NYS, and left our youth to flounder. I see them in Spanish Town every day. It is sad indeed. The future of Jamaica is fading right in front of our faces.

For the sake of Jamaica, for the sake of reducing crime and violence, return the NYS to some semblance of what it was.

I call upon the prime minister, the minister of finance, and the minister of youth and culture to hold an emergency meeting regarding this serious problem.

Fix the NYS and watch crime decline!