Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Flanker Division in St James, Senator Charles Sinclair, is proposing that May 28 of each year be declared “Edward Seaga Day“ in the parish, in honour of the memory of the former prime minister.
Sinclair says he intends to table his proposal at the next monthly general meeting of the St James Municipal Corporation, scheduled for Thursday, June 12.
Councillor Sinclair, a former mayor of Montego Bay, is also proposing that the St James Municipal Corporation incorporates May 28 amongst its calendar of events, and develop an appropriate programme in honour and recognition of Seaga’s contribution to the economic, political and cultural development of Montego Bay, and the parish of St James in general.
He is suggesting that the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square be used to host the main event, while schools across the parish can have their own activities reflecting the contribution of Seaga to the parish.
Among the activities Senator Sinclair is proposing are a symposium, lectures, essay competition in primary and high schools, and a quiz competition.
Sinclair added that it would also be fitting to honour Seaga’s memory on the day with a festival, where persons would be allowed to recite some of his famous speeches and quotes, and to participate in cultural dances, as well as the staging of a debate and panel discussion.
He is also proposing that schools in the parish, especially at the primary and secondary levels, use the day to educate students on Seaga’s contribution to nation building.