What Can You Do With JM$8 million?

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has made it clear that he will be requiring his ministers to clear up hefty telephone bills after RJR News revealed on Monday, July 10, 2017 that some Government ministers had bills running into millions of dollars. The most astounding figure was Finance Minister Audley Shaw’s $8.34 million bill, accrued between March 2016 and February 2017. In response to the revelation, Shaw said the bill was the result of expensive roaming charges incurred on his overseas trips. The figure got diGJamaica thinking … what could $8 million do for the average Jamaican? We’ve compiled a list below.

  • Purchase a small studio apartment
  • Pay for two 2016 Toyota Corolla 1600 XLI cars
  • Pay the undergraduate tuition fees of 29 Humanities/Social Sciences students at the University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Pay for 133 biopsy procedures (at the cheapest cost – $60,000)
  • Pay for 312 US visa applications
  • Pay for 457 persons’ one-week hospital stay (cost of the bed)
  • Pay 1,290 minimum wage workers for a 40-hour workweek
  • Purchase 11,034 KFC Meal Deals
  • Pay bus fare for 40,000 students to and from school ($200) in a day

See The Gleaner’s coverage of the telephone bill controversy here:

Unacceptable! Holness Demands Ministers Clear Up High Cell Phone Bills
Shaw Faces Fresh Criticisms Over Discount on $8.34 million Phone Bill
Shaw Takes To Twitter To Explain $8.34 million Cell Phone Bill