Residents encouraged to adopt rural development program | News

Minister of State at the Department of Local Government and Rural Development Homer Davis encourages residents of communities to be upgraded under the government’s rural development program valued at $ 650 million , to adopt the initiative.

Davis said for the work to be successful, people need to “monitor projects to make sure what gets said is what gets done.”

He was speaking in the community of Cheswick in St Thomas last Wednesday, which is one of five communities benefiting from the program.

The others are Chamber’s Pen in Hanover, which is the pilot community; Banks in Clarendon; Cheese field in Sainte-Catherine; and Lawrence Tavern in St Andrew.

The program will include improving water supplies, electricity, roads, drainage systems, community space and housing for the poor.

The Minister of State informed that investigations are underway, after which plans will be presented to residents to obtain their contribution to the implementation of modernization projects.

He noted that studies for Chamber’s Pen have been completed and that over the next two months a plan will be presented to residents.

Davis said training for young people will be undertaken as part of the program.

“We will focus on young people who are not so much engaged in calling or vocational training,” he said, adding that the ministry would also work with the Poverty Relief Department to improve the conditions of people in the area. need.

Davis was accompanied on the visit by technical staff from his ministry, advisers from the St Thomas Municipal Corporation and Member of Parliament for East St Thomas, Dr Michelle Charles.

Charles expressed her satisfaction with the work to be undertaken, noting that she is delighted with the training of the young people.

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