Erika response contracts coming PM Skerrit says

Authorities say TS Erika caused over $1-billion in damages across Dominica. Photo by GIS
Authorities say TS Erika caused over $1-billion in damage across Dominica. Photo by GIS

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has revealed that in the next few days, the government will be signing a series of contracts across Dominica in response to damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika.

He made that announcement while addressing the 21st Inaugural meeting of the St Joseph Village Council on Wednesday.

The island received a serious pounding from the storm on August 27, 2015 with the authorities reporting over $1-billion in damage.

“In the next few days and weeks ahead the government will be signing a series of contracts across Dominica, to have an improvement or a response to the damages caused by Tropical Storm Erika,” he said.

The Prime Minister said he would have liked to see work started long ago but quality is of great importance to the government.

“In everything you have to ensure that you pay particular attention to the quality of the designs,” he noted. “It makes no sense to rush something to gain any political favour from the voters of Dominica and it is not done properly. Therefore you had to spend time in ensuring that the engineers who have to advise you, you allow them the opportunity to design and to design well, so that when we put down the infrastructure, it is going to be something that will last and that will compliment the bigger picture, the bigger projects which we have to do in Dominica.”

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38 Comments

  1. Reader
    April 10, 2016

    We care so much for design in Dominica that we have a monument to acclaim Roosie and Piero at the airport posted up on a lame metal bright red frame, looking like any 12 year old pulled up a photo collage app and stuck some pics together. Yup… awesome design… I mean, isn’t there a resident sculptor on island? (Mr. Roger Burnette) Couldn’t he have been contracted to create a sculpture of these national heroes. But…. no our PM say we care for design. SMH at this country. No hope for us youth

  2. truththe
    April 9, 2016

    Hope the International air port is part of it, the sea wall close to the airport, Salisbury road rehabilitation, Marigot Hospital, we cannot have airport without Hospital , Princess Margaret Hospital my God is in a mess and the boat promised for export of agricultural goods. Remember all must eat if not the next blow will be harder.

  3. FORKIT
    April 8, 2016

    the same old, george, double o, fast company, chris.. and the likes

  4. April 7, 2016

    Seven months after the devastation of Tropical Storm Erika we are now hearing about the awarding of contracts. Meanwhile, there are still some people waiting to get paid for their work during the clean up effort immediately following the storm. Even more significant is the many Public Works employees who were laid off since July last year during and AFTER the storm. Men and women who have experience and knowledge with regards to recovery efforts. The question here is: are Dominicans really buying this bag of horse manure being continuously pedaled by the current Government? There are no open bidding processes with this Government! Most local companies have been under-utilized for so long that they are unable to compete with foreign companies that are better financed. Yet, the more these local companies get placed on the back burner the less effective they become especially in the area of providing jobs for local young men and women. So…this is only good news to a few!

  5. penny lover
    April 7, 2016

    all you look a man we. I hope he close down massacre. those people there to sot.

  6. Lead Singer
    April 7, 2016

    When will Roosevelt Skerrit stop lying and deceiving Dominicans? Why does he always pick St. Joseph to fabricate lies and his propaganda? If one would go back to DNO and retract all the empty promises that Skerrit, the unconvinced Vince, and that Daroux boy has made to the people of St. Joseph, without any doubt, if 20% of those promises came to pass, St. Joe would be little Miami. But unfortunately, the most they have done is make St. Joe one of the poorest villages.
    The man keeps lying and giving excuses about failed projects as though lying is drinking a cup of water. But instead of talking about Erika projects and contracts that going to fall from the sky like manna, why not tell the nation how much money he has received so far to rebuild after Erika.? Just tell us where we are gas on and stop lying. Ian, please tell Skerrit to stop fooling the people because you know how it feels to be fooled by him, not once or twice but many times

  7. MAN KIDDEDNESS
    April 7, 2016

    The detour at Botanical Gardens also has some deep holes I almost lost two tiers they split I had to insert tubes to save them .
    before we are asked to use certain roads kindly make sure they are vehicle friendly .

  8. Truth
    April 7, 2016

    Just fill in the holes all over the island with good stones, not a huge job a start! It is 8 months since Erika, stupes shameful.

  9. Truth
    April 7, 2016

    Please just send trucks around the island with proper small stones to fill in the holes! This will not cost very much at all but make a huge difference. Keep your dicks in your trousers and get on with the job!

  10. Crisis For Whom?
    April 7, 2016

    Contracts are coming… I hope tenders are coming as well and all Firms will have a fair chance to bid and not just who the Authorities pick. Also it should be an open tender process and not done behind closed doors, where more cronies can be handpicked to waste money. I hope all this planning involved a tender process.

  11. Channel 1
    April 7, 2016

    But DNO, tell me something nuh – what about de advanced Chinese construction team that was supposed to have arrived in late February to be begin construction preps on the new hospital?

    “We are expecting an advanced construction team to arrive on the island somewhere around the 25th or 26th of February, tentatively, to begin preparations for construction,” he said.
    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/health/chinese-construction-team-to-visit-dominica-for-new-hospital-construction/

    They reach already nah???

  12. The shoe squeezing me
    April 7, 2016

    Mr Skerrit you need to tell us how many meetings have you kept with the petite Savanne people after their village was destroyed by the storm. You have just let down the people of t- savanne and it’s a shame to see that it is one of your party strong hole. Labour ka twavaye

    • Red and Blue
      April 7, 2016

      Don’t you know that these people are getting the most attention in Dominica, where do you live? The first and last thing on the agenda of ERIKA is those people. Don’t be daft.

  13. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    April 7, 2016

    “Therefore you had to spend time in ensuring that the engineers who have to advise you, you allow them the opportunity to design and to design well, so that when we put down the infrastructure, it is going to be something that will last and that will compliment the bigger picture, the bigger projects which we have to do in Dominica.”(Roosevelt Skerrit).

    Roosevelt, are you kidding me; the people of Dominica, or yourself? I advise you to eat your words above! Where were your inefficient, and incompetent engineers when you decided to spend more than half of a billion dollars on Melville Hall Airport in that dry-swamp which when it rains heavily the place floods out.

    Were you not told by your engineers you were creating a money pit, that no matter how much effort you put into it every other year when it floods the expense of repairing, and cleaning up will only get more costly? I pity you boy, you are pathetic!

    • Red and Blue
      April 7, 2016

      Francisco, you are just irrelevant in all your responses when it comes to Skerritt. If the work is not done properly then you’ll open your mouth and say something else. People like you are just Sanballot who just criticize when Jeremiah was building the wall of Jerusalem.

      What have you done to help at least one Dominican? All what you good for is criticize.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        April 10, 2016

        “What have you done to help at least one Dominican? All what you good for is criticize.”(A Nobody).

        What I do to help anybody in Dominica is my business, and not yours. If you are anticipating begging me for a handout, you will first have to cry a river of tears, and not only that; but also a river of blood!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        Specially if you are a Skerrit supporter, you can die as far as I am concerned, because it is the idiots like you who keep Skerrit in power causing him to ruin the country, causing you, personal to be existing in hunger and poverty.

        I know who to give my money when they asks, but as far as I am concern, I enjoy the hardship you and others a suffering. You all are dumb; you prefer to die for Skerrit before you criticize and protest against him. All over the Caribbean people are protesting against the wicked politicians. As recently as Friday of last week there was a huge demonstration in Antigua.

        Why? The price of a gallon…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        April 10, 2016

        Why the demonstration?

        The price of a gallon of gasoline is seventeen ($17.00) dollars, could you demonstrate against Skerrit demanding better? The people are telling their government, when crude oil was US$100.00 dollars pre barrel they paid seventeen dollars for a gallon of gasoline now the price have fallen to half the former price, Friday price should be reduced.

        The people of Antigua are excising their power over the government, while Dominicans allow Skerrit to treat them like a common floor mat, wiping his feet in the faces, and all you is sit pack in your pain and misery, and thank God for Skerrit who is an evil man!

  14. ms alen
    April 7, 2016

    ONE MAN SPEECH

  15. love I
    April 7, 2016

    Oh Lord..poor Dominica..deliver us Almighty God….we are still watching and waiting for RECONSTRUCTION..smh

  16. April 7, 2016

    Chups, which Skerrit?, man resign and let people with D/cas interest at heart lead the country

  17. darky
    April 7, 2016

    I dont understand why yall cant give the man a rest and let him do what he has to smh , yall cant do better NONE of yall so just shut up smh

  18. papa
    April 7, 2016

    Blah blah when we see it happen all I see in the pm office is children in a playing field running after balls

  19. socaman
    April 7, 2016

    “In everything you have to ensure that you pay particular attention to the quality of the designs,” he noted. “It makes no sense to rush something to gain any political favour from the voters of Dominica and it is not done properly. Therefore you had to spend time in ensuring that the engineers who have to advise you, you allow them the opportunity to design and to design well, so that when we put down the infrastructure, it is going to be something that will last and that will compliment the bigger picture, the bigger projects which we have to do in Dominica.”

    So Mr Prime Minister did you consult with the engineers when the west coast road was being improved, another feather in your cap, I never knew you spoke Mandarin.
    No need to rush anything……..hurricane season just round the corner, may as well wait until Erica mark two has passed before you waste time and money.

    Dominica desperately needs someone to pull the country back from this abyss that we are tumbling towards.

  20. Skerrit is not fit
    April 7, 2016

    I am sorry, I cannot listen to Skerrit or use my time to read anything that comes out of the mouth of Skerrit. This man is telling us how Linton is not fit for office while it is a FACT that this man’s name is either mentioned or implicated in any controversy that we hear of. SKERRIT IS NOT FIT period!

    • bigmac
      April 7, 2016

      Well u are. So take his place

  21. cameron
    April 7, 2016

    More and more hogwash Skerrit,and the projects will never be completed.

    • B.E.B
      April 7, 2016

      THE PROJECT WILL SURELY COME IN December OF 2019

  22. Backstreet coffee
    April 7, 2016

    That man can lie eh . That’s massacre in the photo.
    Let’s see what he going to do with that village .

  23. Floridian diaspora
    April 7, 2016

    Once again our dearly beloved, most high, sexy, well dimpled, most handsome, Adam’s apple, washboard abs, well showered, well perfumed, woman magnet, well eaten, and well poo-pooed PM whose backside has been marinated in black gravy and coco sauce is flexing his red political muscles by thinking in this day and age he can still give us a 6 for 9. With such poor management of a country, one is always in fear of what’s next. Dominica that have more planning, more ground breaking ceremony, and more signed contracts but someway somehow is we that have less development. What’s wrong? The man even want to talk about quality too and say quality is the reason there was a delay in projects. What quality? You cannot put a warranty on anything these guys build as Skeritt himself don’t know what quality stands for. You sir is not quality, your government is not quality, your failed methods are not quality, and for sure you do not possess the required skill nor quality to take Dominica forward

    • bigmac
      April 7, 2016

      More poem?

    • bigmac
      April 7, 2016

      More poem

    • Channel 1
      April 7, 2016

      @Floridian diaspora – Wow!!! Superb post you have made.

      Aye DNO, I would like to nominate the above post by the poster ‘Floridian diaspora’ for DNO’s 2016 Best Post Award. Tenks.

    • Barbara Saunders
      April 7, 2016

      You are jealous of the man’s physical assets/attributes man! What expressive descriptions!

  24. Shaka Zulu
    April 7, 2016

    Like the China friendship bridge. I saw the two old bridges standing strong.

  25. Cpt Joe Sparrow
    April 7, 2016

    Skewo you think all of us is coshonee!!!

    • bigmac
      April 7, 2016

      U alone

  26. Titiwi
    April 7, 2016

    That is Dominica’s mantra: “I’m coming, I’m coming…”. How often have we heard that only for “it” never to arrive (…whatever it is!) or too late. I only need to mention that little road between Rosalie and Petite Souffriere and let the P.M. tell me that work was not started and a lot of money spent for political gain and expediency? I’m sure his reply will be along time “coming” and I will be “waiting”. (Maybe Mike Jones can give him that old cliche ” anything is good is worth waiting for! as a response…I shall be waiting for that too!

  27. dissident
    April 7, 2016

    I really need to hear some technical person speak once and for all.
    I fed up with jack of all trades

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