Years of lobbying has finally paid off for Member of Parliament for North West Manchester Mickael Phillips, who recently announced that the community of Mayfield will be fully lit.
Phillips, a newly installed vice president of the People’s National Party (PNP), wrote via a Facebook post on Friday, October 19, “The final phase of work being done on the Rural Electrification Project, Mayfield.”
“#NWMANCHESTER, we have been working on this for a few years, now we are seeing the end,” he added.
Under the National Energy Solutions Jamaica Limited (NESol), the programme has been setting up whole communities on the national electrical grid – spearheaded by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).
In 2013, a survey done by NESol’s predecessor, the Rural Electrification Programme (REP) showed that 12 communities in the North West Manchester constituency had no electricity. It was expected to cost approximately $82 million to get households in these communities on the JPS grid.
It was a heartening announcement for many constituents, who hailed Phillips’ determination to deliver on a promise made in his first term as MP.
Phillips and the PNP now look to consolidate their stronghold in the constituency, as the two-time MP seeks his third consecutive term since 2007 for NW Manchester.
If successful, come the next general election, Phillips will follow in the footsteps of Peart Brothers Earnest and Dean, who claimed the seat for the PNP 11 times for an impressive 13-time win in the constituency since 1962.
The JLP has only won in NW Manchester through the efforts of Stafford Haughton in 1980.