Former Prime Minister says thanks for North-South Highway being named after him Edward Seaga, fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica expressed thanks today, June 12, for being honoured with the renaming of the North-South leg of Highway 2000 as the Edward Seaga Highway.

The ceremony was held at the Unity Valley Toll Plaza in Moneague St Ann with several government leaders led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness but with no member of the Opposition present. The PNP boycotted the event saying they considered it an injustice to name the highway after Mr. Seaga. They said former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller had done more than anyone to get the highway built.

Mr. Seaga in thanking the Government of the party he led for years and the Jamaican people gave many stories about his work in developing parts of Jamaica including Downtown Kingston and Ocho Rios.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the highway linked downtown Kingston and Ocho Rios which Mr. Seaga had developed. “The Highway which spans several administrations links the two economic centers (Kingston and Ocho Rios). “It is therefore symbolic appropriate to accord Mr. Seaga this honor by naming the highway which links two significant bodies of his work.” said Mr. Holness.

He also referred to the contribution of Mr. Seaga to Jamaica’s culture.  “Mr. Seaga started out by studying the culture of the people…and much of his life has been dedicated to preserving that cultural asset which is now what defines largely Brand Jamaica. Brand Jamaica is the patrimony of all Jamaicans and every single Jamaican has a right to benefit from it…” Mr. Holness said.

He lauded Mr. Seaga for having a “creative and fertile mind” commending him on being not just a “doer but a leader in doing things”.

He stressed that this was a good way of honouring Mr. Seaga.

Mr Holness added: “Even outside of the symbolic appropriateness Mr. Seaga’s indisputable body of work and service deserves recognition…as we seek to build a nation, there must be space carved out in the competitive political landscape for magnanimity, respect for leaders, value for national sacrifice and a certain decency and order in public affairs”

The unveiling of the new sign designating the toll road Edward Seaga Highway was done by Mr. Seaga and Mr. Holness in the presence of their wives and other Cabinet ministers, political representatives of the Governing JLP, members of the clergy and residents of the area.

By Christal Gooden

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