PM announces $997 million disaster mitigation programme

Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced a $997 million disaster mitigation programme for all constituencies.
It will be implemented by the National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).
The funds will be used to clean critical drains, for road patching, bushing and sanitation.
Mr. Holness said $12 million will be allocated to each constituency, half of which will go towards bushing and drain cleaning alone. 
The Prime Minister pointed out that Members of Parliament would not come in direct contact with the funds, but would rather direct the NWA and NSWMA to the areas that need improvement. 
An additional $1 million will be provided to the NSWMA for sanitation across constituencies to remove waste following drain cleaning projects. 
Mr. Holness said the Integrity Commission will be asked to provide oversight for the disaster mitigation programme to ensure there is a high level of accountability. 
"There will be checks and balances to ensure value for money. This is not give-away money. If there is no work, there will be no pay," the Prime Minister declared. 
Work will begin on November 19 and should be completed by December 7.
Mr. Holness was speaking in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon.

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