A promise made to Wesley residents was fulfilled on Friday October 17th with the ground breaking ceremony of the Wesley Resource Centre in Mopo, Wesley.
The occasion, which Council Chairman, Matthew Prince described as a reason to be happy, was attended by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
Skerrit’s remarks to residents were simple – all Government wants is for the facility to well-utilised for the good of all.
“We go to parts of the country and people request [projects],” he said. “We deliver and they do not make use of it. People complain that there are no sidewalks in some parts, we build sidewalks and people walk in the middle of the road. So, if you have said to us that you need a resource centre, a promise was made to deliver it to you by the grace of God- and we must say thanks to God for that- we have to make use of it. I would like to come back to Wesley and see that you are making use of these facilities,” the Prime Minister said.
He added that the full utilisation of the resource centre is a way of showing gratitude. The Prime Minister also asked residents to take ownership of the centre.
“Whatever the Government does or builds, it is doing so for you. It is not a ‘Government facility’ but a facility belonging to the people of Wesley,” he said.
He also suggested that the service of outgoing Parliamentary Representative and former educator, Gloria Shillingford be recognised by naming the resource centre after her.
On Friday, Shillingford was only too pleased that yet another promise was fulfilled for her people.
“This is the same Government, the same working Labour Party Government which has brought this,” she said. “Even if it is a CDB project, it has to go through all sorts of things, it has to go to Cabinet and if Cabinet says it is not something that should be done, it will not be given the ok. So we have to thank the Government for being able to bring this project to Wesley. It is the same Government that persons say is not working; Labour ka twavay.”
The $580,000 Wesley Resource Centre is being funded by the Government of Dominica, the Basic Needs Trust Fund and the Caribbean Development Bank.