Government To Review Constituency Development Fund, PM Announces


Prime Minister Andrew Holness says a review of the Constituency Development Fund, CDF, is to take place.

He says the CDF cannot continue in its current construct.

Prime Minister Holness says there are several reasons for the dependency on MPs for services which are usually delivered through formal Central Government channels.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness is reiterating that under his watch Jamaica will not return to the days of reckless expenditure which resulted in the island requiring the help of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, to help get the economy back on track.

Prime Minister Holness was addressing the House of Representatives earlier this week during a presentation in which he announced a $1.3 billion sanitation, drain-cleaning and beautification programme.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips says a more sustainable solution is needed to address challenges facing several constituencies .

Dr. Phillips says the drain cleaning and mitigation project is overdue.

Dr. Peter Phillips, Opposition Leader addressing the House of Representatives.

Prime Minister Holness responded to Dr. Phillips.

Mr. Holness says the country does in fact have an established maintenance and mitigation programme.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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