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JAMAICA | McNeill calls for openness about new $17-million MoBay sign

Featured Former Minister of Tourism and Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Dr. Wykeham McNeil has questioned the cost of the new $17-million dollar sign for Montego Bay. Former Minister of Tourism and Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Dr. Wykeham McNeil has questioned the cost of the new $17-million dollar sign for Montego Bay.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 19, 2018: The Shadow Minister of Tourism Dr. Wykeham McNeill (M.P.) says questions in the public domain about a new $17 million sign in the city of Montego Bay, St James need to be urgently addressed by the government.

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.

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Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, (4th from left) participated in the official block laying for the construction of the new J$17-million Montego Bay welcome sign which is to be completed by year end. Other officials who participated in the activity include from left, Dr Carey Wallace, Executive Director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Chairman of the TEF, Godfrey Dyer, His Worship, Councillor Homer Davis, Mayor of Montego Bay, Chairman of the TPDCo, Ian Dear, Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board, Donovan White, Omar Robinson, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association and Winston Dear, member of the Board of Directors at the Urban Development Corporation.

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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