“Given the importance of the service to thousands of Jamaicans, I am calling on the government to put in place viable temporary measures that will safeguard the health of the workers and continue to make the service available to the public at large,” Mr. Jackson said.
The Police Records Office provides vital and necessary services to Jamaican nationals as well as to entities in the financial, tourism and transportation sectors. This billion-dollar earning facility also serves various embassies and High Commissions for immigration purposes.
Mr. Jackson says he appreciates the need for the immediate closure of the facility to protect the health and well-being of the police personnel, other workers and members of the public, however, it is disconcerting that no suitable alternative arrangements were made to ensure the continuation of this essential service.
“Many persons actually depend on the services of the Records Office and as a result this kind of disruption cannot be for any extended period. This is just another example of the callousness of the government towards the lives and livelihood of the ordinary Jamaicans.” Mr. Jackson said.
He notes that it is unfair that scores of Jamaicans have traveled from across the country to the records office to find its doors closed and no clear indication given as to when it would be reopened.
“The silence from the government is unacceptable and a timetable for full resumption of the service must be made public.” Mr. Jackson said.
- Countries: Jamaica