news 20190619– other interventions on stream to address social issues

Residents of Constituency 11 will soon have the benefits of an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Hub and other interventions to address issues affecting the respective communities.

Areas in this constituency include, North East La Penitence, East La Penitence, Alexander Village, Yarrow Dam, Riverview, a section of Calendar Street and Independence Boulevard.

Councillor for the constituency, Yvonne Ferguson disclosed that a youth club, ‘Influential Millennium’ has been formed to address issues confronting youths in the constituency. It facilitates, vocational training and distribution of bursary grants to children who sat the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.

The group also donated laptops and bicycles to several students to ensure they get to complete assignments and make it to school daily.

Councillor Ferguson noted too that her priority areas include high school drop outs, teenage pregnancy, infrastructural development and security.

Security, she highlighted is one of the major issues the constituency faces and as Councillor, she has encouraged residents to “be their neighbours keeper.” Thus far, several criminals have been caught and handed over to the police. This, Ferguson said has led to a reduction in crime in these areas.

Plans are on stream to reach out to the Ministry of Education and the Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport for representatives to have talks with the youths.

The Councillor also plans to invest funds into lighting, road repairs and drainage and irrigation when she receives her $5M grant from the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).