And because these escapes from the quarantine facilities pose a huge
risk to public health, the Ministry of National Security is setting up
one central quarantine location for border jumpers, that can actually
have the required security features.
The Prime Minister had mentioned it last week, and here's the National
Security's CEO update on it:
George Lovell - Acting CEO, Ministry of National Security
"Always a concern and we're working on that. Cabinet has just approved for
us to have a facility that we can say is build for purpose. When I say
that, remember now, these border jumpers are kept in ITVET and stadiums and
that these facilities are not built for purpose, so it's difficult and very
challenging for our security forces and so Cabinet has just approved for us
to have just a facility and we at National Security are currently working
on trying to put together that facility and hopefully we will see less if
not, no escapees."
"Where will the funding come for that?"
"From the same funding that we're using for manning of the 5 facilities
that we are currently doing. So, we'll have just one facility now, we will
use less personnel, so there are savings there. The logistics will be less,
so there is savings there and when I say the logistics in terms of the
movement of transportation and that sort of thing but we will also have
savings when you look at the fact that the same monies that we are feeding
these people and causing them to be housed at these 5 facilities will now
be done in one facility, so that there can be a better economy of scale
when it appears to the administration of these facilities. So, the money is
there, we're already spending the money, we're spending more than we could
have under this new arrangement."