Calvin Lyn, President of the Jamaica Association of Certified Embalmers and Funeral Directors
President of the Jamaica Association of Certified Embalmers and Funeral Directors Calvin Lyn says a representative of the Ministry of National Security has sought to assure that the government is trying to settle millions of dollars owed to funeral homes by the end of this year.
Mr. Lyn said the ministry owes nine government-contracted funeral homes an estimated $100 million for the burial of unclaimed bodies over a four-year period.
Speaking Monday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106FM, Mr. Lyn said he hopes the outstanding sum will be paid because operators of government-contracted funeral homes are frustrated.
He said they have been getting the runaround from the government for far too long and "nobody is taking responsibility".
Mr. Lyn said his establishment - Lyn's Funeral Home - will not be burying unclaimed bodies until the government pays the outstanding sums.
Asked whether this would come at a greater cost to him, the funeral home director said:
"Yes and no, because they are in storage there. And luckily, we have enough storage because we are not burdened with that many unclaimed cases. You know what happen when they are telling us that they don't have any money? To me it's because money is being wasted and corruption is abundant," he contended.
Mr. Lyn was speaking with Morning Agenda host Sanjay Lewis.