Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips has described former Prime Minister Edward Seaga as a giant in the cultural, social and economic life of independent Jamaica.
Dr. Phillips says Mr. Seaga’s passing today (May 28) represents the end of an era in our political and social development.
The opposition leader states that for close to 60 years, Mr. Seaga was a gigantic and powerful presence, having started out as an anthropologist, he made his commitment to representational politics and became the first member of parliament to serve more than one term in Western Kingston, a seat he represented for a record 43 years, from 1962 until his retirement in 2005.He was the last surviving member of the original Select Committee which drafted the Jamaican Constitution in 1962,
Dr. Phillips states that over the years, Mr. Seaga never lost his love for, and close attachment to Jamaican music and the religious culture for which he was, without doubt, a forerunner in the development of Jamaican music.
The opposition leader says he was a force behind the building out of a number of key institutions of modern Jamaica, including the Urban Development Corporation, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the Heart Trust and Metropolitan Parks and Markets.
Among his greatest monuments are Tivoli Gardens Housing Development, Tivoli Comprehensive High School, the marching band and dance troop and his beloved Tivoli Premier League Football Club.Dr. Phillips says while they did not always agree on issues, but his contribution to Jamaica and his love for the people and the culture of Jamaica cannot be questioned.