Colihaut Primary School to be refurbished with funds raised in UK

The meeting was held at the Dominica High Commission in London last week
The meeting was held at the Dominica High Commission in London last week

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that funds raised in the United Kingdom after the passage of Tropical Storm Erika will go towards the refurbishment of the Colihaut Primary School and a construction of a toilet block.

Dominicans in the UK raised in excess of £84,000 after the storm and the Prime Minister, who met with nationals at the Dominica High Commission in London, thanked them for the support.

Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment Ian Douglas was also at the meeting last week.

According to the High Commission, they provided an update on developments in Dominica and on the rehabilitation which has been taking place post Tropical Storm Erika.

“The Prime Minister and Minister Douglas addressed issues related to agriculture, trade, social and economic programmes and projects, law and order, healthcare, the Citizenship by Investment programme, Geothermal energy, Government’s enormous task of rebuilding the country and its commitment to building back better. Details of the relocation and assistance programmes which are available for the nationals who were displaced by TS Erika were also addressed,” the High Commission said in a statement. “Recognition was made of the contribution of the many countries and regional and international community who responded to the immediate humanitarian relief effort and the ongoing reconstruction in Dominica.”

Several questions were taken from those in attendance on a wide range of issues including infrastructural projects and air access, according to the statement.

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20 Comments

  1. Anthony P. Ismael
    June 23, 2016

    Did he tell them that a bunch of idiots advised him to spend well over 140 million dollars on Melville Hall Airport near the Marigot River Mouth and each time we receive heavy rainfall, the river follows its natural course and washes the infrastructure away? Nope. He sure didn’t. What he did was lie, lie, lie and then lie some more like he always does. What was the purpose of Ian going to collect monies that was already raised by Dominicans living in the UK? Maybe another opportunity for a free Jolly Ride at the expense of tax payers.

  2. Anthony P. Ismael
    June 23, 2016

    “The Prime Minister and Minister Douglas addressed issues related to agriculture, trade, social and economic programmes and projects, law and order, healthcare, the Citizenship by Investment programme, Geothermal energy, Government’s enormous task of rebuilding the country and its commitment to building back better.”
    I would like to know, what was specifically said on these matters? Please share. Did he tell them that murderers walk free all the time? That the Geothermal project was a total bust? Did he also tell them that our hospitals are atrocious with poor maintenance and mold growth? Did he tell them about the “Panama Papers too?” Just what did he tell them about the two boats for famers to transport produce overseas that never materialized?

  3. bigger
    June 23, 2016

    The PM workks very hard in order to get funds for the rehabilitation of our country where as the opposition is always in a RORO as a distraction so that people wont realise how useless they are. It’s a shame it’s almost a year since Ericka and not a cent has raised by the opposition to help the cause .Dominicans would like to know what happen to the money collected at the big concert in Marigot for the rehabilitation of farm roads has this work began? monies collected on the big tour of USA UK FRANCE etc etc has it been spent? monies collected in we the peoples inc. if so WHERE? transparency is for every one

  4. Doc. Love
    June 22, 2016

    Here we go again, a clear example of the lack of love, interest in the people of Marigot This was a golden opportunity and a relaxation of any possible civil unrest in Marigot if the Prime Minister had instead announced to the people of Marigot that he was very influential in getting Dominicans residing in the United Kingdom to raise eighty four thousand pounds to assist with the renovation and relocation of the Marigot Hospital. Had the man put his dislike of Linton and the alleged hatred of the people of Marigot and the surrounding areas into the garbage bin, on his arrival in Dominica, throw into their faces a check for eighty thousands pounds equivalent to e.c over four hundred thousand dollars, I am sure the DLP supporters in particular would call him a hero. The saying that leadership is everything, in my opinion, does not pertain to Skeritt. A real leader should never allow his personal likes or dislikes to interfere with his God given ability to lead.

    • Bob Boyz
      October 19, 2016

      Doc You see you don’t just have “a leader”, it’s not just One leader namely Skerrit in all of this there would be no problem if it was any one of these guys doing his own thing without opposition. This Politics in Dominica is clearly out of hand. These guys cant even talk to each other …When you cannot talk anymore its a WAR that’s what you are seeing now in Dominica …An under the cover behind the scenes and in your face war.. and The Ruling party Has the upper hand at the moment… So until Skerrit and Lennox can have lunch together and talk “IS A WAR”….. Until Dominicans Open their eyes and see that Neither Skerrit Nor Lennox holds their Destiny “IS A WAR”…. Unless all our leaders respect each other ….”IS A WAR” and the list goes on and on ….unless our people start using forums like this one and calling in to the radio stations and giving their own onions as to what the want changed in DOMINICA ..”IS A WAR” Unless Da peeps Start Being Da peeps of the 70’s…

  5. Caretaker
    June 22, 2016

    viewexpressed! Every dog has it’s day. This is your back yard so you would know how to handle it. This is an English speaking country. Now the natives need to prove themselves.

  6. Chris Doe
    June 22, 2016

    A big than you to all who contributed. Dominica needed that support and so the people of Colihaut will benefit. Thanks and God bless all of you. the nay sayers that are plentiful among us will always “belch bubbles” because they cannot stand any good thing happening to Dominica. In the same breath they can raise the same amount of money to pay the legal fees for a man who has not control over his tongue. Whilst Skerrit and the Dominicans in the UK are doing positive things for the country, they are crying foul. Pray for them anyway.

    • Tjebe Fort
      June 22, 2016

      What positive thing did Skerrit do in the U.K.? Is it he who collected that money? No, he was just there to make pappy show, of it. That money could have, and should have been sent direct to the Colihaut community instead of government because we truly don’t know, where it will end up. Before you ask if I don’t trust Skerrit the answer is no. I would not even shake his hand in case my finger goes missing.

      • DION
        June 28, 2016

        I no longer call the part of colihaut affected by the flood the village. I call it flood plain

    • DION
      June 28, 2016

      Who in Colihaut will benefit? One set of peopl;e getting all the contracts as though there are no other skilled person in Colihaut. Those who soq injustice will reap calamity.

  7. Finally
    June 22, 2016

    First of all, I don’t believe the source of funds.
    Secondly, bi-election (BUY-election) coming soon

  8. Old chap-Ain't it?
    June 22, 2016

    My Q to Several questions were taken from those in attendance on a wide range of issues including infrastructural projects and air access, according to the statement.
    After the 2008 crisis in the USA Skrit ( according to Groovy bat) made comments like D/cans at home are sending monies to D/cans in the USA.
    If so Why did Skrit come here and have us fund the Colihaut Primary School to be refurbished with funds raised in UK eve if we are Colihautites?
    Man you should be treating us here in London with all the passport money you & agents(mostly lawyers)are making. Give me a break SKRIT!

    • Dominican
      June 22, 2016

      Scoring political credit points with other people’s money. Was it necessary for him to be in London for that? The way he travels I’m sure an extra£10,000 could have been saved in expenses and added to the fund.

  9. Favoured
    June 22, 2016

    While you at it get funds to build the Marigot Hospital because Marigotians not settling for nothing less. And when you get back please give us an account of the monies collected by the Baroness since her appointment as International Coordinator for Erika Relief. And PM show you is boss man as you told the people in the UK boldly, on your return stop to show the Marigot people and also the parl.rep where you moved the hospital to and show them the works you did that cost 1.5million. Yeah man to the opportunity to show the World how blind the people of Marigot are. I mean you convince the people in the UK it should not take much to convince the people from Marigot. In the meantime people in Coulihaut keep your eyes open.

  10. grell
    June 22, 2016

    Hope all the money is accounted for Skerrit,Ian you look a bit lost,and Skerrit where is all the passport monies.

  11. cameron
    June 22, 2016

    Douglas you look a bit lost,while your king speaks,……have to make the Barones look good,and where is the rest of the money.you all have passports selling to Syrians like hot red beans,it will come back and hunt you Skerrit,just a matter of time.

  12. June 22, 2016

    We hope the monies will be used for what it is intended for. Hope Daniel keeps alert, and we are following the progress. Thank you UK Colinas

  13. Cyrique
    June 22, 2016

    Fantastic!! Well done & thank you to everyone in the UK who contributed or assisted in any way. God bless you!!!

    • Me
      June 22, 2016

      Simpleton!

  14. FORKIT
    June 22, 2016

    here we go again, would be best to patch those hole we have all over the place

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