Deputy Chair of the Social Intervention Committee for the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO) Omar Sweeney, says he’s confident Mount Salem, St. James will be able to sustain itself once the operation comes to an end.
On Wednesday, the ZOSOs in Mount Salem and Denham Town in Kingston were extended for another 60 days.
During his submission to the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said part of the reason for extending the ZOSO in Mount Salem is to facilitate the ‘Build’ phase of the ZOSO doctrine.
Mr Sweeney says the build phase will be a long-term project but he’s confident the work being done now will have a positive effect.
He says the residents are playing their part in the effort to transform their community as they’ve planned a ‘Peace Concert’ for this weekend.
Mr Sweeney says more than 1,400 social services have been offered in the community since the inception of the ZOSO in Mount Salem.
Meanwhile, he says, although the Denham Town ZOSO is in it’s ‘Clear’ phase, social intervention plans are already in the pipeline. He’s also assuring residents that their complaints about disruptions to their nightlife will be addressed.