Design contract signed for Roseau and Portsmouth upgrade

Roseau, Portsmouth contract signingThe Government of Dominica and the NSG management and Technical Services Ltd on Friday 5th June 2015, signed, a US$2.1 million contract for the design of the Roseau and Portsmouth Enhancement Project.

In the contract, which was signed at the Ministry of Finance conference room, the following areas will be considered for design.

In Roseau: rehabilitation of all streets, including drainage, sidewalks, landscaping and street lighting, provision of adequate parking and facilities for public transport, rehabilitation of the West Bridge and the concept designs for cruise ship terminal development.

In Portsmouth: a bypass road to the Cabrits.

“Following the completion of designs, the first phase of construction will be as follows: for Roseau-the construction of the new West Bridge, and the rehabilitation of Independence Street are the two first projects to be done,” Minister for Public Works, Ian Pinard, said.

According to him, a condition survey for the West Bridge has shown “severe deterioration” in its structural components and it has to be replaced. “Similarly”, he said, the road network needs attention.

He indicated that the first phase for the Town of Portsmouth will be a bypass road which will be expected to “complement the construction works and the functioning of the hotel project funded by the government of Morocco.”

The duration of the contract is for six months.

Actual construction on the project was expected to begin in the “first quarter of next year,” (2015) consultant at the NSG Management and Technical Services Ltd, Ian Fields revealed back in October 2014 at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties.

When quizzed on this, Pinard stated that there were some delays in the project “so that’s why it took a bit longer than expected.”

“Any project or any contract that you have, especially given the new mandate, a new minister, a new Permanent Secretary, negotiations, so there were some delays,” he said.

The Minister stated that as soon as the design is completed, the actual commencement date for the project itself will be determined but Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works Kendall Johnson said, “We are looking at quite likely start [of] works by this year.”

The overall cost of the entire project is between $70-100 million.

NSG Transportation Consultant, Ian Fields, said part of the delay had to do with some “refinements” that had to be done as well as finalizing what would be the most appropriate “package of measures.”

He said there are about 20 specialist engineers working on various aspects of the project, describing it as “demanding” because it is multi-faceted.

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  1. UserName
    June 9, 2015

    A by-pass to the Cabrits!!! After 15 acres have been taken away (by parliament majority… not by national consensus) for the construction of hotel we still have to give in for a construction of a by-pass. How many additional acres do we need to give up from the Cabrits National Park in order that this by-pass be constructed… only to facilitate the privacy of the hotel…. like they want to be annexed. The issue of land for by-pass has never been brought up and the quantity of land needed to construct it has never been discussed even when the 15 acres of land went to parliament. Unless we considering building a fly-over to the Cabrits. And where is the EIA for the construction of the by-pass to the Cabrits. I am beginning to believe that some who know better are just content on keeping silent… but some who do better will openly defy the comic script of this short-sighted Govt.. even if is only through chat forums like this…. they get the point. and we all get the point.

  2. Francisco Telemaque
    June 8, 2015

    “The Supreme Leader, His Holiness, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit continues to lead the way. This is the meaning of true and outstanding leadership. “(laborof love).

    If anyone had any doubt that this clown is an idiot, and a damn pieces of dry feces on a bit of dry banana leaf, he used to clean the feces from Skerrit behind the quote above is the proof!

    His holiness Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit?

    Skerrit can barley read, so how could he earn a doctorate in anything? Skerrit claimed he majored in English, we prove he never graduated. In any event to earn a doctorate in any discipline, English must be a requisite. So, if he cannot pass a simple English class where he got his doctorate degree from.

    Only God is holy,; but knows; since Skerrit said when Dominicans ask God for something and God takes a long time to give it to them, when they come to him the god of Dominica he gives it to them right away!

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 8, 2015

      Indeed the god, dictator, supreme leader, his holiness; said when people asks God for something, and he takes long to give it to them when the come to him and ask for something, he the god Skerrit gives it to them right away.

      Nevertheless; in Romans chapter 8:24-25 we read ” For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man, seeth, why doth yet hope for?

      But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

      He/she who has the ability and knowledge to understand what is conveyed in the good for them, those who do not understand can go along with the god Skerrit, and enjoy thiefing money.

      What comes light goes light, like blowing in the wind, and like butter melting in sun: that is why people are so poor in Dominica, because the gifts they receive are not of from Almighty God, but from a little dictator, (crappop) god oui!


  3. amy
    June 8, 2015

    Labour of love what rock did you crawl from under? You are the most ignorant person in the world, not even an atheist talk that crap, I cannot believe someone in DA do not know About GOD.would liken a Sick man like skerrit to GOd.
    One day you will leave the money and houses behind and go meet your father the devil, I hope you call skerrit to save you in your final moments.

  4. grell
    June 8, 2015

    Really but i thought this was a done deal already,but thats the regime for you,sad country.

    June 7, 2015

    well its about time, however I still want to know where is the money that the government of Kuwait gave Dominica after the water and sewage project to redo the roads in Roseau which included the side walks etc..

    well we all know that there was no project like such because 2 days after carnival bardwill said about developing the cruise ship terminal in Roseau and one week later robby tongue spoke about building a 3 floor building where the ruin is in Roseau for art and craft.. why are the politicians lieing so much just to get a vote?..
    when it came out on the news paper that the labour and uwp party was saying nothing regarding the international, skerit shouted chinesse were on island to look at investment , he went on to say a week after that 5 hotel projects were looked yet he named 3.

  6. Lang Mama
    June 7, 2015

    So one company did the conceptual with 3D rendering and a totally different company is doing the design.
    Over 20 specialist engineers???? Are you kidding me!! Specialist engineers to build sidewalks and a simple support bridge. People don’t be fooled by this exaggeration. There were many projects built in Dominica that were much more complex and certainly did not require 20 “Specialist ” engineers. But then in a land of the blind and ignorant lies and illusion is the order of the day.
    Don’t forget that fancy words were and exaggerations were used to pay Easy Door 2 million dollars legal fees for geothermal work in Souffriere and today geothermal is no where.
    ON a different note Ian Douglas said that on the first quarter of 2015 the Portsmouth enhancement would start off with a new road behind the commercial bank but somebody told me he meant first quarter of 2051 not 2015.

  7. really
    June 7, 2015

    with all these late projects happening in Dominica I feel I need to send in my CV. There is a need for good project management in Dominica. Apparently these officials do not seem to have a good grasp on what is project management and keep making excuses for defective project management. Send these guys to study project management. It is not something that you instinctively grow into after having worked on a number of project throughout the years. You need to be trained and certified.

    • Peter Potter
      June 8, 2015

      Project Management? They’ve never even heard that word. This regime could not even organise a drink up in a rum shop let alone project manage so the project gets delivered in time and within cost. Have you not noticed that they have started numerous projects years ago and they are still awaiting completion:
      Canefield to Pont case road still not completely finished
      Moroccan hotel no where near completion
      The project in Layou still not completed (2000 chicken still waiting)
      The irrigation system for farmers in the north still not operational
      But hold on they completed a coffee factory in Portsmouth, only problem here they forgot to grow coffee
      It’s absolutely laughable, the incompetence is second to none.

  8. Harry Mack
    June 7, 2015

    This contract should be challenged in the courts with an injunction.
    This contract clearly violates the Procurement Act which automatically came into effect of 15th January 2015 after the government failed to implement it.
    A design contract of $2.0 million cannot and should not be given to a hand-picked firm without tendering. Where are Dominica’s engineers and architects to challenge this contract? Or are there any architects and engineers in Dominica? What is so special with Roseau and Portsmouth that our local professionals cannot be given an opportunity to design?
    Let’s see if our locals have the testicular fortitude to challenge this one or will they sit idly by and watch a Bajan firm design Roseau for us. Shame.

  9. June 6, 2015

    Please tell us Mr Minister and LabourofLove, after all the FANCY talk to tell us where is the funding for the project coming from and who is gone-a-pay it back Ups! sorry i got the answer “5 more years”. It would not surprise me that some DLP operative became richer by US$2.1 million dollars; more job for the boys wee! The country nice boy.

  10. Bwa Chesse
    June 6, 2015

    I thought designs were completed already……I saw models sometime ago..

  11. Business Minded
    June 6, 2015

    Yeahhhhhh Possie finally got some crums for its faithfulness: And that is better than Sunday Island Port Authority. Boy look jobs that will be created in de place. There goes the reason for Labour support: crums.

    Alas….. Now lets keep our fingers crossed. De heartbeat is so slow in Possie, it finally gets a bypass…..

  12. Francisco Telemaque
    June 6, 2015

    Nobody have to wonder if Hartley is involved in that, since he is the actual Prime Minister of Dominica, and Skerrit is simply his puppet on a string!


    Have anyone wondered why Skerrit makes so many bad decisions? It is because his adviser Hartley writes a script of what Skerrit, should, or should not do, and when he follows the direction of the real Prime Minister, living in Barbados, he humiliates himself when he follow the scrip to the letter, not understand what is written in the scrip.

    Take for instance when Skerrit talk that crap about Obama must lift embargo on Cuba, before he demits office. He did not even know he should not use the demit since Obama is not demitting office since he has completed two full term in office, one can only use the term demit when someone is forced or voluntarily withdraw themselves from something. If he wrote that speech himself, that means the man has no comprehension of the English language!

  13. Bull Crap
    June 6, 2015

    wait a design contract.. so what was all the slides ajd design that was all over thenplace for election. Now their is a design contract being signed..Dominicans are sooooooo gualable

  14. The Real Facts
    June 6, 2015

    Patience! Finally, it will commence. One day these projects will be completed. Everything takes time.
    Consider the cost. As we note, the cost is not two pence – or $2.00. :lol:
    Will there be street lights especially at certain busy intersections?
    The enhancement should make Roseau and Portsmouth look beautiful. It is something Dominican residents should patiently look forward to.
    As for those of us who reside overseas, we are also looking forward to seeing the actual new look on our next visit, whenever that is. Appropriate sidewalks, wide enough will be comfortable to walk on.
    Let us be grateful and thankful to those who initiated these projects, commencing with the PM and those who provided the funding to make these projects a reality, all of this for the benefit of Dominicans.

  15. mandate 2 mismanage
    June 6, 2015

    hahahahahahah more millions for the Bajans! Dominicans are working for Bajans and Jamaicans these days. Haitians have our agriculture. Chinese have our businesses, and Iranians and Middle Easterners have our passports!

    $2.1 Million for Bajan company…
    $10,000 for our education trust fund….

    Still wondering why we are the backwater of the region?

  16. sailsbury farmer
    June 6, 2015

    We do have major problems in Dominica, most of the Dominicans when it comes to having the money spent in Dominica they all are illiterates . The Red team is no better than the Blue team. The only freedom Dominicans have when it comes to giving other people their money they are free with it. We will go back to to the University of the Westindes if their is no Dominican on the planet to draw or design a plan for Roseau we all had ferior Education from the British. All big jobs that have to be done goes to foreign people. Wh err ‘re is team Blue and Red, its insane we argue every day about politics, we are some of the most ignorant people on the plannet, and we continue to say we are a poor country. ? Why don’t we get trained to do this simply jobs, when are we going to wake up.? Never why do we enjoy giving our money away, we cannot feed our selves what are we good at doing talking and doing nothing waiting on chinese to save us.

  17. Man kind
    June 6, 2015

    So what did pm Skerrit sign before the elections with a company from Barbados ?
    Delays are the order of the government of the day .
    Only talk no action and empty promises and infinite excuses ?
    Always know who to blame that’s how elections are won ?

  18. I am me
    June 6, 2015

    “Any project or any contract that you have, especially given the new mandate, a new minister, a new Permanent Secretary, negotiations, so there were some delays,” he said.

    So Mr. minister should there be a cabinet reshuffle or another minister should we expect more delays? That’s a poor excuse. By the way I cannot make out the face of the young man standing behind the young lady in shades. Is he the Pm’s brother who is another government contractor?

    • Peeping Tom
      June 7, 2015

      Oh yes…must be!

  19. June 6, 2015

    Labour is working!!! Say it loud and say it proud! Roseau and Portsmouth will look like Cities in any “First World” Country thanks to the great Supreme Leader’s extraordinary vision and devotion to the betterment of his beloved Island. What will the “other side” say now? His Majesty, The Great and Divine, The Supreme Leader, His Holiness, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit continues to lead the way. This is the meaning of true and outstanding leadership. This particular venture will ensure our Supreme Leader’s place as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica for at least 30 to 40 more years.

    • too late
      June 7, 2015

      lol .you labour of love can only be one of those benefiting from the schemes of this corrupt gang. nothing less. you my even be the one with 1.5 milion in the private account. who knows?

    • OneDestiny
      June 7, 2015

      I just love your post….keeps me entertained!!

    • Pointe michel
      June 7, 2015

      While I am a strong supporter of the prime minister, I do not support your description of him. Labour of love take heed! God is not mocked. The prime minister is not God.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 8, 2015

      Well, Pirie Charles and Rosie Douglas were supposed to rule Dominica forever you know; where are they now?

      We know they exit this world, we do hot know however if they are sleeping among the saints under the alter, or if they are burning in hell!

      He who is appointed by man, God usually disappoints, Skerrit’s day is fast approaching, none of us lives forever! No man is an island, not even that mountain chicken (crappoo) Todd Frog Roosevelt Skerrit.


      If you think he is holy time will teach you a lesson, he is your god, but a lessor god than the Almighty God Jehovah, so matter the robe and sash the roman catholic, boy bishop arranged to wrap around him by the sons of satan, he is still only god to himself and you!

  20. Roger Burnett
    June 6, 2015

    Before the twenty specialist engineers put a single line on paper, Gordon Cullen’s book “The Concise Townscape” should be mandated as required reading. Equally so, should Ian Nairn’s book “Outrage”.
    Both books date from the 1960’s but their message is as relevant today as it was then.

    Incidentally, Gordon Cullen began his architectural career in the Caribbean.

  21. calpit
    June 6, 2015

    where is the cruise village in canefield you promised Mr Blackmore?

  22. too late
    June 6, 2015

    This firm is from Barbados or Dominica? and so if is from Barbados I wonder if hartley and them had any influence. so i guess if is not chinese now is bajan hmmm

    • Peeping Tom
      June 6, 2015

      Uhhuh…I bet Hartley owns the firm. Sure bet!

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