Jamaica Gleaner / State Minister for Finance Ruddy Spencer is promising increased assistance for Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) now that a member of the party is the board chairman.
Former Clarendon North Western MP Michael Stern was appointed board chairman in August last year.
IN PHOTO: Michael Stern
He replaced Genille Attala who suddenly resigned two months earlier citing “personal reasons”.
Speaking at a JLP meeting in Bellefield, Manchester on Sunday, Spencer highlighted farmers’ frequent complaints of political bias in acquiring RADA services.
But he said with a JLP member at the helm, there should be no further issue.
IN SPENCER’S OWN WORDS:
SPENCER: Labourites, we have a system where we will now have our own chairman of RADA and things have been happening and things can happen at RADA. But naturally, you will meet some bottlenecks because we have just taken over the system and we are trying to find our way around the system. Where you never have a parish manager for RADA, you now have a Labourite being the chairman of RADA, so whatever problems you use to have …
(Spencer pauses to hear advice of someone reminding him that the media were present.)
SPENCER: No, no I want them hear.
MAN IN AUDIENCE: Mine weh you a talk seh
SPENCER: Whatever problems you use to have, I believe now most of those problems would have gone away because you have your own manager to assist in the management of RADA … So therefore, you can’t say that you are getting no attention, you can’t say nothing is happening, because in fairness, you have your own manager, to report whatever problems you have and expect him to solve those problem.