Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said that following the ravages of Tropical Storm Erika, Dominica will rise again, as a stronger nation.
He was speaking at a ceremony at the Douglas-Charles Airport on Wednesday to welcome Venezuela’s President, Nicholas Maduro, who is on his first visit to the island.’
“Our country was impacted upon on 27th of August, 2015 but we are not daunted by the task,” he said. “We have reinforced out commitment and dedication to our country and I am saying to all of us that Dominica shall rise again to a country of prosperity.”
The Prime Minister vowed that the government will provide a better way of life for those affected by the storm.
“I want to say to the persons who were impacted upon, the communities that we had to evacuate that the government and people of Dominica will seek to provide you with a better way of life,” he stated. “We have a firm commitment to the human aspect of the disaster. We shall restore bridges, we shall restore roads but our commitment is to the people especially those who have been impacted upon.”
He pointed out that the government believe in the human spirit and that is why it committed to restoring the homes and way of life of those affected.
Meanwhile, Maduro, who offered 300 homes to Dominica in the wake of Erika, said Venezuela is standing by the island in its time of need.
“We have come here in solidarity to give a hand of support and solidarity to our sister Dominica,” he said. “Brotherhood and friendship are both proven when we go through difficult times and that is the case here in the Commonwealth of Dominica. I want to convey to you Mr. President to the Prime Minister and to the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica you can count on all the support of the Venezeulan government and people, of the people and the governments of ALBA and PetroCaribe.”
After the ceremony Maduro held talks with Skerrit and President Charles Savarin, who was also attended the ceremony.