‘Don’t Raid the NHT!’ – MAJ


The Jamaica Manufacturers Association, JMA, is warning the government against using funds from the National Housing Trust, NHT, for budgetary support.

President of the JMA, Metry Seaga, says taking money from the NHT for budgetary support is like imposing an ‘income tax’.

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Last week, Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, refused to confirm or deny whether the government will continue to take money from the NHT for budgetary support.

He’d only say that he’ll address the matter when he makes his contribution to the budget debate next month.

State Minister for Finance, Fayval Williams, disclosed earlier this week that the government was looking at the over 190 public agencies to see whether they were operating efficiently and are able to provide more to central government.

But Mr. Seaga says the JMA is also against the government taking funds from any public body for budgetary support.

He’s urging the government to charge lower taxes in order to collect more.

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Metry Seaga, President of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, was speaking yesterday at a media conference in Kingston.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.