Prime Minister Andrew Holness says reform of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is part of the wider move to transform the public sector.
Mr Holness says the NSWMA has been going through a process of transformation in an effort to correct the leakage of public funds and corruption which affects the provision and quality of service.
This he says is not acceptable.
“We have to reform the NSWMA as part of the bigger picture of public sector reform; to ensure that the NSWMA is truly a regulator, regulating the private service provider,” he explained.
The Prime Minister commissioned eleven (11) new compactor trucks yesterday (October 24), at Jamaica House.
While explaining that the role of government is to regulate, set standards and police those standards; the prime minister also said efficiency within the NSWMA is not only an operational consideration.
“There are services that the government is providing that government need not be in that service. One of them is garbage collection,” stated Mr Holness.
Investment being made by the Government
The Government yesterday commissioned into service the compactor garbage trucks valued at approximately US$1,658,597 or J$214,788,312.
“This is an investment that is coming directly from your tax dollars. We are using your tax dollars not just to bush the road; not just to clear the curbs, channels and the gullies. But we are also making capital investments in equipment that will improve service delivery. We are at 28 trucks we need to get to 128, we still have a long way to go but the government is committed to using your tax dollars wisely,” said Prime Minister Holness.
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