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The Naming of National Monuments

  

The Jamaican Government has stated that it is desirous of honoring past prime ministers and politicians. If this is to be meaningful and acceptable to the wider Jamaican populace, it should be based on performance and connectivity to the place or monument. There should also be public consultation of the recommendation, before becoming a final decision;

And whereas the Prime Minister, recently announced the renaming of the North South Highway as the ‘Edward Seaga’ Highway, creating controversy as to the appropriateness of that decision, resistance by others and rejection from the People’s National Party;

And whereas, former Prime Minister Seaga is undoubtedly and integrally associated with many important areas and aspects of national development and can be credibly associated both in conceptualization and implementation with, among others;

• Down Town Kingston
• Ocean Boulevard
• The Portmore Causeway
• The Twickenham Police Academy, after the closing down of the Jamaica School of Agriculture

Be it resolved that the government reviews its decision about the renaming of the North South Highway, and if it is to be named after any former Prime Minister, this should logically be named after former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for a number of obvious and indisputable reasons;

And whereas it is desirable to have national consensus on such matters, be it further resolved that a protocol be developed in consultation with the Parliamentary Opposition about the process in which national monuments should be named after Jamaicans, including but not limited to political personalities, who have contributed significantly to aspects of national development.

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Start
March 28, 2018
Close
May 07, 2018

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