A number of People’s National Party (PNP) supporters on Tuesday took to the street to protest the naming of the North-South Highway, in honour of former Jamaica Labour Party Prime Minister, Edward Seaga.
From as early as 9:00 a.m, supporters led by Chairman of the PNP Fitz Jackson gathered close to a re-naming ceremony. They voiced their objection to the decision, claiming that instead the area should have been named in honour of the former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller. ‘Highway robbery,” they shouted.
The actions of the protestors have attracted the attention of the police who were already out in an effort to ensure that the ceremony proceeded without incident.
Jackson said he was against naming the highway to honour a man whom he said was opposed to its construction.
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the North-South Highway would be renamed the Edward Seaga Highway in honour of Jamaica’s fifth prime minister. Holness, who officially opened the Highway in 2016, said Cabinet gave approval on March 19 to make the renaming possible.
“Edward Seaga was responsible for the development of downtown Kingston. He also initiated the development and expansion of Ocho Rios as a tourism destination. The North-South Highway creates that link, so it is only fitting,” he said.
For his part, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, expressed gratitude to the Government for the decision taken to name the North-South Highway in his honour. “It joins together two of my most important and biggest developments (and it only seems) logical.” “I am (also) thrilled because it is a highway so beautifully done and I congratulate the builders (for its construction) and the Prime Minister for the renaming,” Seaga had said.