Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Friday | December 28, 2012
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Utilities need presence at scrap-metal sites
THE EDITOR, Sir:

WITH THE announcement of the reopening of the scrap-metal trade by Anthony Hylton, the minister of industry, investment and commerce, there have been mixed reactions and fresh concerns.

As a reminder, the reason that the ban was put in place is because unscrupulous traders targeted private and public infrastructure. Primarily, the telecommunications and power industry suffered the hardest hit, as their equipment are easily accessible and can be sold for hefty sums.

Less than a week after the announcement, there have been calls from individuals and groups for the Government to rethink the resumption in January as their telephone and Internet services have been disturbed. Apparently, thieves are not deterred by the supposedly stringent measures implemented by the ministry to combat the incidence of theft in the industry.

It would help greatly if organisations could have their own inspectors on the sites designated for scrap-metal accumulation. This would allow for a more vigorous and effective scrutiny of the scraps. Major players in targeted sectors could get creative and combine forces. Truth be told, it is not an easy task. However, it is worth the effort or else their businesses, too, will be in shambles - like their equipment - sooner or later.

NILE KING

nileking@ymail.com

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