Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that a sum of $6.5 million has been allocated for the commencement of construction of a new state house for the president.
He disclosed this while presenting his $54-million supplementary estimates bill at the First Session of the Eight Parliament this morning.
Minister of National Security Charles Savarin, in his remarks at the House, placed support behind the prime minister’s request for these supplementary estimates, particularly for the much talked about $27 million state house.
“This government has found it necessary for the after 30 plus years of independence to establish a structure which can embody the independence and pride of the people of Dominica to house the head of state to provide offices for the discharge of the functions of the head of state, in addition, to provide office accommodation for all the commissions under the supervision of the president- the public service commission the police service commission, the integrity commission, the electoral commission,” he stated at this morning’s sitting.
Savarin mentioned that the state house will include a major conferencing facility to house regional and international conventions.
“It is well known that we in Dominica have great difficulty in hosting regional and international conferences,” he stated. He pointed out that Dominica, compared to many other Caribbean islands does not have such a facility.
The minister is convinced that having conferences of such magnitude increase stay-over visitors and hence, the economy.
He further disclosed that the state house project will also include the construction of three separate buildings.
“The existing government house will be converted into a conference facility and a new building will be built on the grounds of this conference house to serve as the official residence of the president and to serve as the offices of the president. So that in fact three physical structures – three separate structures will be constructed under this project,” he said.
Savarin also added that the existing state house is in a deplorable and unsuitable state and is not fit for a president to live, as it has been so far many years.
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