Minister with responsibility for Local Government, Shahine Robinson, has revealed that US$80 million has been spent islandwide under the Jamaica Development Infrastructural Programme (JDIP) to repair roads.
Robinson (in photo) who was speaking to councillors at the St. Catherine Parish Council today, said that despite the figure spent more needs to be done to fix other bad roads.
“We are aware that many of the roads recommended by the councillors are not being fixed. We need to have dialogue as to how best to address the problem, ” Robinson told the councillors.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the St Catherine Parish Council Dr Andrew Wheatley agreed with the minister’s claim.
He, however, is asking for a clearer guideline going forward.
“We are being told,that when the JDIP project was to have started,the estimate that the councillors gave were not for partial work to be done on some roads,” Dr Wheatley said.
Councillors Norman Scott and Enos Lawrence expressed the view that there needs to be parity in how the work is being done under JDIP.
The meeting Robinson had with the councillors forms part of the minister’s tour to Parish Councils islandwide.
Other aspects discussed were street lights, solid waste and funding for the repairs of the St Catherine Parish Council’s building.