Govt to Roll Out Islandwide Road Patching Programme


The National Works Agency, NWA, says it will be patching several roadways across the island amid protests by residents.

Residents of Lionel Town in Clarendon, Wakefield in Trelawny, and various communities in Westmoreland have been protesting about bad roads for several days.

The protests have reportedly affected attendance at schools in some of these communities, with some institutions not being able to open their doors.

Communications Manager at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, says the patching programme is one way of addressing the roads.

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He says some of the areas where residents are protesting are slated to be addressed soon.

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Mr Shaw says the recent rain has affected several of the roadways.

In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Horace Chang, is appealing for patience from the protesting residents.

Dr. Chang says the government has been working to address several bad roads across the island. But, he says it’s going to take time for them to be completed.

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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.

One thought on “Govt to Roll Out Islandwide Road Patching Programme

  1. Nathan777

    Source the funds and do the work properly. We waste so much money, patching roads. Only for them to be destroyed and need repairing again. That is the definition of madness and incompetence.

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