Seaga deserving of having the highway named after him

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Dear Editor,

A proud moment, and one of tremendous significance in Jamaica's history, took place yesterday when the northsouth link of Highway 2000 was officially renamed in honour of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga.

It was a moment of great pride for the man himself and for all well-thinking Jamaicans, as Seaga, apart from rescuing Jamaica after the disastrous Manley years, was instrumental in the building of this nation, conceptualising and constructing some of the most important institutions in this country.

And, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness said in his speech, even in our highly competitive electoral system there must be a time when we celebrate the contributions of those who have done so much to build this nation.

Seaga, by all measure, is deserving of such an honour, and it is of great significance that it is his protégé that has the honour of bestowing it on him, Andrew Holness.

It's of great significance to Labourites who, for the first time in decades, are seeing an honour bestowed on one of the great men of the Jamaica Labour Party who have contributed so much to this nation.

I am in total agreement with naming the highway in his honour. Many people who have done significantly less for the development of Jamaica have had honour bestowed upon them.

It is a fitting tribute to a great man and a visionary. Apart from political grandstanding and 'bad mind', nobody can ever say Seaga is not worthy of having the honour bestowed upon him.

He has done much more for this nation than many who are now opposing the move have ever done, and, I daresay, will ever do.

The naysayers of the People's National Party (PNP) ought to be ashamed of themselves and the way they have behaved.

What it does show is that the PNP thinks it should get to name every piece of infrastructure after its own people, as if it is only PNP that will be paying back the loans used to build these highways.

Fabian Lewis

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