He said the public has a right to know details about this seemingly ostentatious development and why this questionable expenditure was taking placing at this time.
In a statement this afternoon, Dr. McNeill reminded Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett that protracted and tough wage negotiations with the public sector workers are still in progress in some instances, and there are urgent needs in education, health and national security.
The fact that government is willing to expend so much public funds on a single sign is symptomatic of deep levels of disdain for public sentiments.
The 'Welcome to Montego Bay' sign project is set for outside the Sangster International Airport (SIA) roundabout in St James. It is being funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to replace the initial sign at the same location which was mowed down in a motor vehicle crash last year.
“While it is necessary to have the sign replaced, from all accounts, it would appear that we are spending almost a million dollars on each letter in the words “Welcome to Montego Bay”. There is need for transparency in this development.
The public needs to be told if there are other works related to the mounting of this sign. The bill of quantities should also to be made public, and also we need to know who are the contractors on this project.” Dr McNeill said.
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