Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says despite the difficult situations facing the country, particularly crime, there are enough good people in Jamaica to cause law abiding citizens not to despair.
Addressing the 2015 Governor-General’s Achievement Award ceremony for the County of Cornwall on July 23, at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, he said that as a country, “we regret the loss of lives to violence and mishaps.”
The Governor-General said the country must pause and remember all members of the security forces who have been killed in the line of duty, and that attacks on the ‘Protectors of the peace’ must end.
He emphasized that the barriers that divide Jamaicans must be broken down and efforts made to restore the country to being a place where the village raises the child.
“For the good of our country, we must break down everything that divides us and we must strive together to restore Jamaica to being a country where every village is involved in caring, in teaching, in disciplining and in protecting our children in our homes, in our communities and on our streets. We have to be a country where respect is shown to the elderly and we are each other’s keeper,” the Governor-General said.
He said that action must continue to rid the country of issues, including the ‘lotto scam’, which have been negatively affecting Jamaican lives and the country’s reputation.
At the awards ceremony, 13 citizens from Western Jamaica were recognized for their contribution to nation building. They were presented with the Governor-General’s Achievement Award.