Dominicans urged to be more active in their country’s development


Minister for Telecommunications Ambrose George has urged Dominicans to be more active in their country’s development.

He has spoken against persons who sit back and complain instead of working towards the development of their communities.

“It is people who make things happen. It is through people that improvements to community life will come about. But regrettably there are some…  a few communities where too many people sit back with their arms folded always complaining, and yet they expect good things to happen,” he stated.

“Brothers and sisters, if only  a small percentage of our disengaged villagers will resolve after the celebrations and reflections of independence 2010 to turn a new leaf and become more active participants in the life of their communities, then you would have made a  quantum leap forward in building our authentic independence,” he said.

George was at the time presenting a speech on behalf of the Prime Minister Skerrit at the opening of the country’s 32nd Independence celebrations on Saturday at the Old Mill Cultural Center.

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  1. Chief
    September 28, 2010

    @PAIN: You are missing my point. Ideally the main purpose of government is to secure the inalienable rights of its citizen, to protect the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. But do we have to depend on government for everything? I think not. There are many things the citizen can do to develop the country.

  2. Lair
    September 28, 2010

    What is wrong with that lair lieing minister they calling Ambrose he for one that have the country like that with his dishonesty but he calling on people to do thing man lead by example then we can follow you have no shame you should be in jail for all what you did and still doing shut your mouth because you has no vision for the country is for your pocket so wheel and come again when i look and you and hear you commenting on thing i get so sick to stomach get out of my face you dishonest liar

  3. PAIN
    September 28, 2010

    who suppose to run things? the People or the Government?

    Best we have no leaders to take care of the affairs of the Country.

  4. Big Toe Lee
    September 27, 2010

    Great speech Mr. George. You are absolutely right. I’m a complainer myself, but I’m turning a new leaf. Does Skerrit still hold that Red Clinic? – cause I want to get in line – get my handout and be a good citizen. No more constructive criticisms or negative comments on my part. Now I want to be an enabler just like you – help Skerrit run our country to the ground. Even UWP surrendered – dropped their boycott, so what you expect little me to do. Boy I following suit – I following my handsome PM to Hell and back, we boy. But, let me ask you Ambrose – what’s the going rate for kickback in Dominica today? – What should I do, when corruption hits me square in the face? – How can I be a model citizen, when the government doesn’t operate with transparency? The Government cannot be expected to do everything, but what confidence does citizens have to venture out on a limb or risk development capital, when the government operate like . . . . sorry – I forgot I turned a new leaf.

  5. Lycan
    September 27, 2010

    Ver Good Honourable George, we sit back and complain too much and not put our hands to the plough.

  6. seen
    September 27, 2010

    interesting how could we be more active….we had a show at melville hall last monday
    recent news doesnt look for AA and night ops into Dominica….Hmm

    One things we have showed or ignorance at the highest order…..lack of clear guidelines and basic


  7. Dominica and Proud
    September 27, 2010

    Mr. George, every Dominican should be more active in their country’s development, that is true. Alas let me ask a question: How can we seek to develop when the jobs are snatched right up from us? How can we be active in our country when our legs are snatched right us from under us and our hands are chained as soon as we look to stand on our own. Our youth reach out and the light is snuffed right out of their eyes because there is no one to believe in their dreams.

    Is there justice in freeing our hands but chaining our brains? Can you hear the cries of the people Mr. Minister? We need you our elected officials to help us harness our creativity, help us develop our young people who with truth and honor of hard work must build this nation foundation deep for the future generation.

    Where are the incentives from your office to help us build this nation Mr. Minister, Sir? Yes we want to work Mr. Minister, we want to develop but we need the resources, purpose and direction from our elected officials. Yes we should be more active in the development of our country but Mr. Minister there MUST be a vision from our elected leaders—for where there is no vision, the people perish.

    ~ Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for. ~ Peter Marshall

  8. A Dominican
    September 27, 2010

    A Nation’s Strength
    What makes a nation’s pillars high
    And it’s foundations strong?
    What makes it mighty to defy
    The foes that round it throng?

    It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
    Go down in battle shock;
    Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
    Not on abiding rock.

    Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
    Of empires passed away;
    The blood has turned their stones to rust,
    Their glory to decay.

    And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
    Has seemed to nations sweet;
    But God has struck its luster down
    In ashes at his feet.

    Not gold but only men can make
    A people great and strong;
    Men who for truth and honor’s sake
    Stand fast and suffer long.

    Brave men who work while others sleep,
    Who dare while others fly…
    They build a nation’s pillars deep
    And lift them to the sky.

    …Ralph Waldo Emerson

  9. we
    September 27, 2010

    dont we think in Dominica…you cant be wrong and expect to bear fruit…nothing will work in dominica unless this govt is ready to come clean with affairs..

    we just pretend and being wicked….good thing God is above…just pure pretenders you all are..
    if it was the other side wow they would be kicked all over the place…
    dominicans serve too masters God in the morning and the Devil in the evening thats why this island will continue to have the evil spell….repent all he evil does…dont you all have a heart!!


  10. Eyes on Dominica
    September 27, 2010

    Eyes on Dominica agrees with the Honorable Ambrose George that we all must be more active in our country’s development. Remember as responsible citizens we must not only look at what our country can do for us but rather what we can do for our country.

    That being said we must also remember that while we sacrifice there are those who pretend to sacrifice and keep down those who do the real sacrificing. That is way we continue to lose our brains to the rest of the world.

    When people stay home and sacrifice for the national good and they are treated with contempt, used as scapegoats for others to blooms and they are stigmatized and people are aware that this is so…we live in a global village…news floats. Do you honestly believe others will want to remain and endure this treatment. If we want to make Dominica a place where people will have no fear of victimization there must be a complete overhaul of attitudes, behaviors and work ethic/culture.

    The call by the Honorable Minister in notable but is it enough when so many a crying for fairness across the board…let’s look deep within and help to make meaningful and positive changes for the good of this land.

  11. snakey
    September 27, 2010

    Well said Mr Minister and congrates! I think you missed one point, which is the empowerment of the people. How can one expect the people to develop their communities without the necessary resources? its like telling someone – please go and play football with an orange or grapefruit. What the people need right now is empowerment so as to be motivated to aspire to greatness. Please dont forget that many governments in the region have perpetuated the dependecy syndrome for so many years. What the people need is to see the promised goodies delivered on time. Is it talking season once again? It it time for ole talk and nice speeches again? Its time again to hear nice talk that comes to nothing at the end of the day! Empower the people ! They gladly voted for you all – which is not a problem – so not deliver and its no time for excuses and ole talk

  12. seek
    September 27, 2010

    interesting stuff have no bones about what he said!

    but simple…if we were extremly clever this Govt the ideal thing would be to act like mature and well abreast with current issues,firstly come TOTALY CLEAN WITH THE ISSUES OF GOVERNANCE TO THE PEOPLE..i think the honest truth is that too much dark clouds over this govt and island..

    if the were true proffessionals and had skill and vision,they would dust out the shelf come clean be open to the public in terms of your deals etc…then the many citizens would see from within


    This Regime is extremly childist on all matters…this sucks and the island is in the gutter!
    we need men of vision and not guys looking for 2015 if it comes around…
    Dominicans need to have class and vision in their governance everything seems a joke a bling etc..
    i never believe we would have sit by as natives and let this crash land…

    Honestly its going to take a massive clean up campagin to get this island anywhere folks will be proud of….The Prime Minister owns the Villas yet he lies tries to keep it a secret to the Public..
    its a shame all over the globe public officals are brought to justice in ill doings but we are so wicked and cast a blind eye here in dominica then we turn around and speak about coming to get


  13. Chief
    September 27, 2010

    I agree. We depend on government to much. While the government have an important role to play in the overall development of the nation and the people (after all, we pay taxes), there are many things we the people can do to develop our country. We cannot depend on the government to much because In many cases, “government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.” according to Reagan.

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