Coulibistrie totally ignored since Erika Hector John says

Scene in Coulibistrie after the passage of Erika in 2015

Member of Parliament for the Salisbury Constituency, Hector John, has expressed disappointment that the government of Dominica for reportedly ignoring the plight of villagers from Coulibistrie following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika in 2015.

Speaking on Q95’S ‘Talk on the Block,’ John said that nothing has been done in terms of reconstruction in the village.

“Coulibistrie has been totally ignored,” he said. “Right now you have people from Coulibistrie who live around the river; Canal, and lower down by the bridge, the bridge that was destroyed; that was the only bridge that they have crossing into the village, and they (government) have not done anything on it.”

He added the village is in need of infrastructure such as retaining walls and he has spoken to many ministers including “the person in charge of relocation” but “we are not seeing anything happening.”

John described that matter as “sad” considering that the village was named disaster zone and the “second hardest hit” by Erika.

He noted that a number of officials from the region visited Coulibistrie after the ravages of Erika but no progress has been made.

“In Coulibistrie you had the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Prime Minister of Grenada and other officials – everybody came down to Coulibistrie – and yet still, we are not hearing anything happening with the people of Coulibistrie, any support, the government has not held a meeting for two years,” he stated.

He listed other areas of concern for Coulibistrie including the police station, and the bridge on the highway “close to the Catholic church” which he described as a “hazard.”

However, John expressed satisfaction at the fact that “one or two” persons have been rehoused in Plat Ma Pierre but there is still great room for improvement.

He promised that he will continue to advocate the plea of the people and hopes that government meets with the villagers “very soon” and give ear to their plights.

“Have an interaction with them, let them vent, let them express themselves, and have an idea what is happening in Coulibistrie,” he remarked.

 

 

 

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32 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    August 30, 2017

    Instead of going to Houston for a photo opportunity and be in the way of authorities it would be better for Roosevelt Skerrit to look after victims of Erica first, who are still waiting for help two years later.

  2. resident
    August 29, 2017

    I can never vote labour again in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. dominica for alah wii
    August 29, 2017

    doe worry man 2018 around the corner. skerrit doe ready to pay dem for their votes yet so hell with them for now. 2018 he will come dere and play dominoe with them and spread money and patch one two little roads and promise dem and international airport and a modern hospital in coulibistrie aself. them big black jeeps will be there very often and out will come the labar ka twavay t shirts.

  4. Emile Dominique
    August 29, 2017

    DNO, thanks for posting this picture, but what about a now picture. Let us see what is going on. What about comments from the villagers.
    The Parl rep goes on Q95 to vent and complain. What has he organized ? What has he done ? Where are the Town Hall meetings to see what he can do.
    Every month he gets paid to represent his constituency. What has he done for the last two and half years. Is he taking money and doing nothing?

  5. Hendricks ismael
    August 29, 2017

    Mr John stop begging for your people, you have a river running right threw the village , open a water factory buy a boat and ship balk water that’s a way to get your people out of poverty . Your budget is over $800million take some of the money to build the factory , train the people in the village to run and own it. Start a new model in parliament water company in all villages that will stop the begging problems . Instead of being a minister you will be a factory ownwer and a bulk boat owner . Don’t let the Chinese come and do it , do it your self. Water can solve all our problems in dominica that’s our oil and the world needs it, are we going to stay blinded by politics for the rest of our lives , please think water every day , don’t say I am crazy and it’s not so easy , it is easy to do we have the money to do it. John take the $15 million at the aid bank and do it. Stop wasting the money giving it to people who don’t have any training doing nothing . The word on the street…

  6. Lenovo
    August 29, 2017

    Well Hector John, you need to stop talking and start writing.

    When you go talking to people, it’s like your word against theirs. If you write letters and get your copy stamped, nobody can say that you never wrote.

    Writing is the official way of making requests at the governmental level. Talking is just for fools.

    • fedop
      August 29, 2017

      I agree
      Why is Hector John not requesting a sit down with the Prime minister to clear debris and other health hazards in his constituency. It is because of his pride and ignorance.Their motto is not to take help from the government for their constituency so it will appear that the Government is ignoring their community.
      They are playing politics every day. Hector advocate for your constituents instead of complaining. You are a big part of the problem
      It is about time that we demand that our leaders and parliamentarians have more than a high school education because if we raise the bar then we will get over all this pettiness and childishness that have plague our politics, and we will have effective leaders. Parliamentarian need to elevate themselves so they can elevate their constituent.
      This wash your foot and come type of politics was in the 60. and 70’s. Everyone now is trying to educate themselves
      Hector please do the same and stop playing politics with your constituents

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 29, 2017

      Your comments about Spags should be writing letters, makes no sense, because whether one hand delivers, or sent a letter by registered male, the recipients can deny they received such letter.

      The fact remains, unless the people affected, are those who kiss up to Roosevelt, and pray and thank God for him; the people of places like Salisbury, Marigot, Wesley, Woodford Hill, and any other villages where the people do not spill their blood for the labor party, no help will ever come to those villages.

      • Lenovo
        August 30, 2017

        Thank you responding under my post Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque:

        I cannot verify your facts about any alleged “kissing up to Roosevelt…”

        However, I will re-iterate my point about writing. Hector John comes on the radio and alleges that he has spoken about it several times.

        I am saying that as the duly elected parliamentary representative he ought to go about his requests in a systematic and thoughtful manner. He should have copies of all correspondence that he sent.

        Secondly, in his letters he must give a deadline to which he expects a response from the correspondent.

        This is the official manner for correspondence at that level.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        August 30, 2017

        Lenovo; you know for a fact in Dominica the opposition is not on a level playing field. It matters not who Spags wrote to, and retain a carbon copy it all boils down to one single: “one man government; the kid Roosevelt M. Skerrit.”

        His litters will be ignored, and even if he made copies public, it would not matter.

        Be reminded it is all about the power of one man Roosevelt Skerrit, whose intention is to win every seat in every constituency. One of his ways of trying to assure that is by victimization!

        His hope is that the people of Salisbury, and the other villages, I already mentioned will turn on the UWP representatives, and become Labor, because the opposition has nor delivery power from a governmental point of view.

        But you see; when someone is shortsighted, and vindictive that is how they behave, Skerrit responsibility as the Prime Minister should be to invest the same in all communities, whether the people voted for his party or not!

        And as for the Kissing of…

  7. jihan
    August 29, 2017

    This should not be,but this is a government filled with a bunch of little boys.

  8. New Yoker
    August 29, 2017

    Guess it’s the same thing with getting water in your pipes in Marigot. Excuse is Erica. This is worst and unacceptable, politics is killing the country.

  9. Dominca Massive
    August 28, 2017

    Hear you`re as representative of the area with no concrete effort to mobilize your forces on the behave of the people.As the pal rep, you have not done your part as deem necessary.As a party waiting to take control of government sitting on the sideline and crying down the government.The opposition can also take the lead to
    foster financial assistance. During the election, you all went and seek to fund the campaign.I believe the government could have done more.It’s your responsibility also as their representative to go beyond the call of duty.That`s what is meant by change, change of attitude and the method of serving people not only by talking but with tangible action.

    • UK Dominican
      August 29, 2017

      You idiot. All this demonstrates is that our government does not respect the opposition and the people they legally represent by extension. The government has a duty to provide services equally to all its citizens, whether they voted for them or not. Skerrit took an oath on the bible when he assumed office but I can only conclude that it must be his version of the holy book. It is the government that has access to the country’s finances, not the opposition.

    • Just Thinking
      August 29, 2017

      The Government are responsible for reinstatement of the infrastructure of the island.They have been given millions from the international community for ERICA.Plus the hidden cash of the CBI programme.This is the wanton ingnorance of the DLP and most of all the PM. WHO Will not aid Dominicans unless they vote for him.One could say a wicked man,who then express sympathy for Texas.

    • dominica for alah wii
      August 29, 2017

      people like you really shows how foolish our population has become. yes he is the pal rep but he is the opposition!!! where is he supposed to get the funding?? from your bottom?? its the government in power that is in control of the treasury and do the budgeting for the country you little fool!!! hector john selling passports?? is all you damn labar dat have the CBI money. all he can do as pal rep is to make the request. just like he has been asking for the feeder roads to farms in Salisbury untill they had to protest because all you so called government wasnt giving pple what the needed, if the people in coulibistrie decide to do the same now?? is they that doe good rite?? look at macoushrie. all you tehbeh dominicans pass there to go bridge fete in roseau and look at the condition of that area. boy the level of stupidity in this place is truly depressing and frustrating. Dominica full speed in reverse gear.

    • JOSH SHAW
      August 29, 2017

      First things first please go learn English. Now does Mr. John have any budget from roosvelt skerrit? Please use the access you have to the net to educate yourself!

  10. UDOHREADYET
    August 28, 2017

    leave it to a so called parlrep to make his case publicly instead of in parliament. these guys are amateurs!

  11. August 28, 2017

    If the villagers of Coulibistrie, have to vent and express themselves to get their plight heard, what is the purpose of having a representative? Opposition does not mean Hostility, enmity or Antagonism, but one of Responsibility and Vibrantcy. Maybe Coulibristrie needs a new REP.Bob D.

    • LawieBawie
      August 29, 2017

      What difference will that make? As long as the new rep is UWP he or she will not be heard by the ruling party either. The only way to get them to listen is to change the rep to a Labourite.

  12. papa
    August 28, 2017

    Just like checkhall and had to pay 100 dollars and say is for road when im driving my transport on sstonees in checkhall

  13. Anonymous
    August 28, 2017

    So Catherine Daniel does not have a problem there then. Since they don’t get anything they don’t have to be accountable either. That is pure wickedness.

    • hm
      August 29, 2017

      Catherine Daniel is not the Pal Rep for Coulibistrie, direct your statement to Hector “Spags” John.

      • Anonymous
        August 30, 2017

        She is not just the Parl Rep for Colihaut constituency. You forget she is also a govt. Minister!

  14. Me
    August 28, 2017

    You guys are pathetic! Ericka was 2 years ago! Your arrogant ways is dispecable. Is that how my village looks today? You came from your trip with same old now you want to sound meaningful. Why are we seeing the LADY from Colihaut more often than you. Please Hector don’t try to elesicite sympathy and other people’s grief. We have moved on. Get a life.

    • fedop
      August 29, 2017

      I agree
      Why is Hector John not requesting a sit down with the Prime minister to clear debris and other health hazards in his constituency. It is because of his pride and ignorance.Their motto is not to take help from the government for their constituency so it will appear that the Government is ignoring their community.
      They are playing politics every day. Hector advocate for your constituents instead of complaining. You are a big part of the problem
      It is about time that we demand that our leaders and parliamentarians have more than a high school education because if we raise the bar then we will get over all this pettiness and childishness that have plague our politics, and we will have effective leaders. Parliamentarian need to elevate themselves so they can elevate their constituent.
      This wash your foot and come type of politics was in the 60. and 70’s. Everyone now is trying to educate themselves
      Hector please do the same and stop playing politics with your constituents

  15. %
    August 28, 2017

    This speaks loudly of how WICKED and BRUTAL this DLP government of 18 MISLEADERS are towards UWP held constituencies…While money is being frittered away under the guise of SMALL BUSINESS,Coulibistrie is totally ignored an abandoned.I hope these smart people of Coulibistrie further ignore those idiots at the next General Election,when they will come to them bearing gifts…While they are spending MILLIONS AND UPON MILLIONS at Bellevue,the idiots and clows are ignoring THE FACT that Dr Shepherd (a specialist and scientist in his field of work,) told the world in 1998, that Bellevue in the south,is a highly prone and vulnerable area for volcanic disturbances and/or eruptions.Its not an “IF”thing but its a WHEN thing.Those clown and buffoons,the DLP MISEADERS still have ears clogged with wax.
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

    • hm
      August 29, 2017

      You are beginning to sound like an echo…

      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO NOW – Go and remove him then…stuuuupes

    • fedop
      August 29, 2017

      % you again with those idiotic comments. You sound so uneducated and misinformed. Please do us a favor and write legibly because I would love to understand your comments, but it is riddled with errors and run on sentences that it is really hard to follow. Also the tone of your comments are so aggressive, there is a lot of misinformation and assumptions.
      I think that you should take your time to collect yourself before you put your fingers on your key board.
      Again the masses have and will decide when Skerrit goes. Get a life

    • Emile Dominique
      August 29, 2017

      The miss leadership exist in the UWP. When the PM included them in the Reconstruction effort they walked out. Why didn’t this missleader stay in that position where he could influence assistance to his parl constituency. If he was really conserned he would have stayed in the group with the PM and give the PM his shopping list. He can block roads, burn streets, and do all kinds of mitchief. Even help scam money for Linton. So what has he done during the last two years for his constituency. He followed the Judas Goat and forget his duty to his people.
      During the budget session he could not even ask a question on plans for Coilibistrie, after the budget he said nothing. So who is selfish and wicked.
      Now he coming out like a rat in a flood like % aka, Norway Rat, Rose Valley, aka Ronald B Charles and friends Bogaroy and Kenneth Rijerk. Instead of organizing matches, demonstration and distruction he should organize to help his people. D Day, day of death, did nothing for anyone.

      • Emile Dominique
        August 29, 2017

        So this master of doom is hoping for volcanic eruptions to erase Dominicans from the surface of the earth. So who is hateful, wicked and brutal. You % is just like your UWP leaders in the House who are getting paid and doing nothing but accuse and complain. You have a parl rep getting paid and the most he can do is complain. Oh My…

    • Dumb
      August 29, 2017

      Get at least 1.2% buffon and you will begin to make a little sense, B.

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