Montague bashed for saying no to children in parties
National security minister Robert Montague has been taken to task by one of Jamaica's leading entertainment promoters following his threat to ban venues and persons that harbour children.
"Any dance or event, whether granted an extension or not, and a child is found there, the promoter, the venue and the sound system will be warned, then suspended, then banned," Montague said.
But Boswell 'Stampede' Lammie, who is currently promoting the RTI party series, said that while measures need to be implemented to keep children out of parties, Montague should focus on more pressing issues.
"The security minister is doing too much now. Mi agree say kids need fi stay home but right now he is putting more pressure on promoters. Not every adult in Jamaica has an ID and those who want to get an ID always complain that the process is too drawn out," he said.
"A mash dem a mash up dancehall. Him a use this as a means fi put an end to dancehall. A pressure dem want put pon dancehall, a fight him a fight 'gainst it."
Montague, who was contributing to the Sectoral Debate in parliament last week, said that The Noise Abatement Act, will be amended to grant extensions to entertainment events to go beyond 2 a.m. However, he said there will be severe consequences if the law is breached.
Stampede, meanwhile, said that Montague would be better suited focusing on reducing the country's high crime rate.
"Crime rate out a control and him a spend time a talk bout promoter and dance. Promoters already have it hard, him haffi pay fi the venue, pay for the security, get liquor to sell .... Sometimes after he spends all that money, nobody not even buy out the bar. Yes, me agree say we nuffi have kids in the parties but these measures are too strict," Stampede said.
Everton Hannam, president of the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica, said while supports Montague's push to get the children out of dance and parties, the focus on event promoters and sound system operators may need to be revisited.
"The parents must be brought to books if they fail to ensure that their children are off the streets at certain times. We must ensure that the children are not in places where harm can come to them," he told THE STAR.
Hannam said too that players in the entertainment industry must also seek to ensure that the children are not in events they are promoting.