Gov’t asks for more time in West Bridge Project matter

Controversy has developed over the contract for the West Bridge Project
Controversy has developed over the contract for the West Bridge Project

A legal advisor for the government of Dominica has requested more time from the legal team representing the Joint Consultative Committee on the Construction Sector (JCCCS), a local construction fraternity who has threatened to take legal action against the government of Dominica by 4:00 pm today if Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit fails to respond to a pre-action protocol letter addressed to him concerning the contract for the West Bridge Project in Roseau.

This is according to President of the Builders and Contractors Association of Dominica (BCAD) and Chairman of JCCCS, Anthony Le Blanc who was speaking to Dominica News Online (DNO) on Wednesday.

“We had some response from a member of the government legal team to our legal team requesting more time which we have no difficulty of giving them more time for them to respond,” he stated. “They asked for a few more days, less than a week.”

The JCCCS had written to the Prime Minister saying that he should meet certain demands and respond or the matter would be taken to court by Wednesday afternoon.

The organization is concerned over the awarding of a contract to NSG Management and Technical Services Ltd of Barbados, worth approximately EC$18.2 million for a major project in Roseau, which will include demolishing and reconstructing of the West Bridge.

Among concerns raised by JCCCS previously were that there are local companies with the experience for taking on such a project and questions were raised over the procurement of the project in line with the Public Procurement and Contract Administration Act.

The fraternity is being represented by four attorneys, two Trinidadians, one Dominican and one Queen’s Counsel from the United Kingdom (UK).

The JCCCS consists of the Dominica Association of Professional Engineers (DAPE), Dominica Society of Architects (DSA) and the (BCAD)

The contract for the West Bridge Project was signed on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

The project, which was to commence on May 2, 2016, is to be completed by April 2017.

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114 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 28, 2016

    Everything should not be on the PM’s back. Nationals have an obligation to help themselves. They must bear their responsibilities to themselves and to country. They should know the PM cannot do everything for them.(The So Called Face The Facts).

    Facts, people should be responsible for themselves; however, one cannot extract blood, milk sugar, nor anything for human survival from a rock stone! There are no job opportunities in the country; hence more than 99% of the nation people are unemployed.

    How can these people take care of themselves, and country when they do not have a source of income. Skerrit like it that way, because after he gives a handout every five years, he gets on his pulpit and does not hesitate to remind the nation of how many people he feeds daily as if they are his children. You should confront Skerrit, and tell him he is the cause why the people cannot take care of their obligations, and it is time to demit!

    Skerrit is the cause of all evils in Dominica!

  2. To those of you who are responding to “ATestimonyofLoveby(HtebazileAnilReivax(4Jesus)” you are speaking to an imposter–the person keeps impersonating me, because I will not follow with his stupidity.

    I am sure it is you all’s one and only Francisco Telemaque-he is also well known for writing stupidity, you all’s rebuke is to him, not me! I do not write such stupidity.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 27, 2016

      Elizabeth you are the last person on earth I would impersonate.

      I have stated before I am too infatuated, too fascinated, too proud of my name to scrap it and use some dumb make up bit of garbage for my name!

      I read earlier if I am not mistaken where you said it is some laboroflove; now you are switching back to me.

      They say where the gate is low that’s where the cattle jumps. I say wherever the fence is low that’s where even human cross to invade, that’s what we did when we were little boys when we go to rip off the grafted mangoes, and other fruits under cover of darkness. on a certain estate.

      You like to talk about God, I will not pray for him silent you, but he will be my avenger, he will deal with you for your accusation levied against me.

      For innocent I am like a lamb being slaughtered by you; an evil, and vindictive witch!

      • I read earlier if I am not mistaken where you said it is some laboroflove; now you are switching back to me–Telemaque

        You see what kind of a madman and a damn liar you are? You are the only one here who goes after everything I write and to spew your venom against my opinion–I have accused no one of doing the nasty work– I know that it is you who is doing it –you are lying about always using your name; you are a great imposter on this news board–that is a truth

        If you think I have never noticed when you use other identity to write your filth, then you are worse the fool of fools..

        You are fighting a losing battle; you can never have victory against me; now throw down your weak weapon and lies and cheat, they are simply working for your defeat; it is past time for you to take a seat and shut up!

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        May 29, 2016

        I do not have the time to do it, but maybe you should take some time to sift through all the trash you wrote on DNO you might find your very words accusing Laboroflove.

        Elizabeth, most of the time I do speed reading, I scan everything, When I say I read it is because it on DNO. I would not be surprised if you are confounding yourself, since you claim that God gave you a special gift to confuse people submitting comments on DNO.

        Could it be that you are only capable confounding Elizabeth only, and you become so delusional that impersonate yourself!

        Do you remember,one time I read something, and told you someone is impersonating you. I informed you on DNO, you Elizabeth responded that you were the author; and that’s not the thing. I was on Vacation in Canada communicating with you, via computer, all of a sudden an E-mail arrived advising be to forward my mail to you to a new E-mail; I drew that to you attention, never responded in that regards to this day.

        You might be…

  3. Favoured
    May 27, 2016

    Is this the same Government, one man, Skerrit,that said he would not be gracing the contractors with a response in his usual insultive, rude and arrogant manner. Is it the same government, one man, Skerrit, that said that it would be the last they will be hearing from him on that matter and he will not be meeting the contractors in the future . Is it the same government, one man, who is begging now for more time from the same people haha emmmh interesting! Is this the same man who is calling for civility on a platform in Pointe Michel forgetting he is the same one who in St.Joe called on people to intimidate the opposition by going up to their face to call them traitors. What a diabolical man eh boy! Dangerous if you should ask me.

  4. @Duncekyat: I do not need your futile explanation to speak my thoughts; that is the reason I call myself Wisdom&Wise; it is my gift from God to confound idiots like you.

    @ATestimonyofLoveby(HtebazileAnilReivax(4Jesus): It is a crime to impersonate another person, that is what you have done here, the majority of you here, deserve to be tried and incarcerated, maybe you all would learn to respect AUTHORITY and other people’s opinion.

    @indira Ghandi : Your is enough to tell me that you are the one who is the DUMMY; Indira Ghandi is dead and buried lying in his grave of darkness; so are you!

    @Papa Dom: Shame on me! Show me the documents to prove that PM Skerrit is guilty as charged; otherwise just SHUT UP! You are the one who is disgraced.

    @ sousay sel: Look into a mirror; you will see all the evidence of a grain of salt all over your face; but that salt in you is tasteless–as dried up as you are.

    @ASHAMED: Nice name! You deserve it!

    • Papa Dom
      May 27, 2016

      Yes shame on you. Go back and read all the garbage you’ve written here and you’ll understand why I say shame on you and if you don’t get it then you are really are a lost soul. You’ve man a mortal man your object of worship and sold your soul to the devil, so again I say shame on you.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 27, 2016

      ” I call myself Wisdom&Wise; it is my gift from God to confound idiots like you.” (Elisabeth Xavier).

      Elizabeth you are getting more dangerous: here you are professing you have a gift from God to confound idiots like whoever you are fighting. Don’t you know that it is against God words when we call someone a fool!

      I’ve called more people fool and stupid than I can count, I am wrong for doing so. Calling someone an idiot is the same thing; to say you have a gift from God to confuse people, I submit any such gift is not from God Jehovah, nor Jesus Christ!

      I however, submit to you; any such evil gift has to be from the god of this earth satan the devil! God said in his word let your light shine before men, so why would he allow you to confuse and confound the mind of someone hindering them from seeing his light through you? If you read my last submission last night, shortly after you post your book in which you value me less than human:

      Hahahahahahaahahahahahahahahhaha:…

      • “Don’t you know that it is against God words when we call someone a fool!”

        The fool has said in his heart, “there is no God” Psalm 14: 1

        David the anointed King of ancient Israel wrote this Psalm. David was a man after God’s heart. Are you now claiming he was speaking against God’s Word?

        Man you know nothing about God; once again I am saying to you shut up –you are not qualified to fight against me–that is what’s troubling you, right into the madman whom you are now..

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 27, 2016

      You will recognize where I pointed out your evils, you need to stop, because what you are conveying right now God has no part in that. You are my wishi-washi friend, but I hope are not crazy, or about to turn crazy.

      How can you claim that God is with you; and everything you talk about is God this and God that, yet you condone and support Skerrit, appreciating his corrupted and evil ways, which god would give you a gift to do that?

      Sometimes we have to pray to the omnipotent God to take the evil out of us; if we are not careful we can conduct ourselves in certain ways believing God is with us while we conduct the work of the devil: Remember Paul, he was killing the Christian believing he was doing it for God, until when he was on his way to Damascus, the light of God hit him and blind him: Remember Jesus said Saul why are you prosecuting me. Later he became Paul, and wrote almost all of the books in the new Testament.

      You had better be very careful where it pertains to the…

      • More and more stupidity! I have made my mind, my choice is mine–you cannot change that! Keep your talks about Paul and the Bible–I do not need what you have say. Don’t use my message to speak your nonsense–you are nothing but a nuisance..

        What is your point about Paul, Jesus chose him and appointed him to be His servant on Earth; what does it matter who or what he was doing before?

        You are demonstrating nothing but jealousy and envy, especially against me. You know that I have a lot of spiritual gifts that you can never have–jealousy and envy among the other nastiness in you, are the kind of attitude and conduct that that God hates

  5. Nice
    May 26, 2016

    Well go to court! Lawyers will benefit!

  6. too much KAKA!!
    May 26, 2016

    I want DE airport…..I tired of Liat sending my luggage to anywhere…I want to be able to land in DA from the US straight…..I doe want to hear about no bridge….all you people like too much KAKA!!!..

    • May 28, 2016

      Why should the people of this country incur a billion dollar debt for you?

  7. Reasoning
    May 26, 2016

    :?: So much to write and comment about,but i’ll remain with my final thought and conclusion;REVOLUTION NOW!,WE NEED TO THROUGH scar it OUT!!!

  8. A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
    May 26, 2016

    I hope all the posters and readers of DNO listened to the HENG this morning. I am very disturbed when it appears that all the opposition does is try and create division in this country by not always giving true facts when giving a story. On the other hand News Reporters should be giving all sides of a story and allowed readers and listeners to form their own opinion in a dispute.

    Reading the news especially on this project one would believe that the government got up one day this month and just handed a project to a non Dominican company.

    DNO should have added a reminder to let the public know that this is not a new but an existing contract, since you have already reported on this enhancement of the Roseau Project.

    • Papa Dom
      May 26, 2016

      The very thing that you accuse the “other side” of doing is exactly what you are engaged in by posting this none sense. This is not an existing contract as you are claiming but an entirely new one. A company was employed to do a study and design for a project but the contract to actually carry out work in a new contract. So, please educate yourself before you attempt to accuse people of anything.

    • Ex da lawman
      May 27, 2016

      Yo are still missing the point. It was done illegally period.He did give the Contact away illegally. Was there any bidding done as stated by said law?Based on your comment you are referring to the dlp.The law is the law.Take your time and read so you don’t post be.

    • Favoured
      May 27, 2016

      you are like the Heng, and the PM bent on misleading people. The PM himself said ‘a contract’ to do the works was signed meaning it was a new contract. If you insist like the Heng that is an existing contract why was signed again. By saying that you are in fact siding with the blatant corruption and nepotism of this government. Because no where else in the civilized world would the consultants , be the designers and contractors except under BOT. Mr. Isaac Baptists expounded on that point on the Big Station Q95. I suggest Sir, if you want to be educated on governance issues switch to Q95 where the ordinary man has a voice and where issues and ideas and not people are discussed. For example, it is no surprise that neither the Heng nor Talking point on DBS or at other media under control of this rouge gov’t broke any significant story or held any objective discussion on the Panama Papers and the situation unfolding in Venezuela unlike the big stations, such as CNN, BBC, Aji, and…

    • Poverty
      May 27, 2016

      Doubting Thomas I have listened to both the Heng and q95 and on the balance the heng is usually misinforming the public. You really shouldn’t hold what you here n the heng as factual. The company did present a proposal to the government as part of a Roseau enhancement project. The proposal was void of any hard engineering design or research but included architectural renderings of what they perceived Dominica would like. Many stakeholders were invited to the state house to be introduced to project as the Roseau rehabilitation project. When asked whether this was a final design and whether stakeholders would have an opportunity to comment it was explained that this was just a proposal and that stakeholders would be given the opportunity to influence the design of the new Roseau. It turns out that the Labour Party administration actually used one of the renderings of the proposal on a billboard as things to come for Roseau. So you have to understand the design work was not tendered.

      • Poverty
        May 27, 2016

        Design not tendered is a violation of the procurement act. To compound this the same person who did the design now wants to do the construction. The construction phase is now not tendered but just given to him. Now you want to suggest the heng said this is an old contract but even your beloved Skerrit said this is an emergency contract. You see it has to be an emergency to violate the law. What you should be asking is why is this sort of activity taking place in Dominica. Why can’t we follow best practices. And if you remember the bin scandal and the fertilizer scandal where we paid ex orbiting prices for bins and fertilizers ho confident are you that we are not once again being taken for a ride. I don’t know about you but I want the pm to explain this one. He can take another week to think of his response but a response is needed. Either through him or through the courts.

  9. Nonsense
    May 26, 2016

    I would not have given them anymore time. When the pm got the Letter the first time he play big man that he not responding to anything that come from the media and it is
    the opposition that was behind the letter. Now he wants more time, he should have respond from the beginning and not waste valuable time.

    • Face the Facts
      May 26, 2016

      You people act as if you are the government. The PM is not your little boy to hop at what they are requesting.

  10. mal boix
    May 26, 2016

    its so simple i would ask for tendering an give it to the same person who has it now to build u all are fighting a loosing battle.

    • Barbara Saunders
      May 26, 2016

      Mal Boix

      I try to express opinions based on facts, not rumours or innuendos and I still do not know the facts but I agree that it would have been really simple, just tender the works and select who is most capable all things considered in keeping with the Act and the matter would not have escalated like this.

      The government appears to have played right into the hands of its critics. Acting intelligently is crucial when operating in the environment which currently obtains in Dominica, but I hope that the Act also places obligations on contractors to operate ethically when awarded contracts.

      Don’t know what happens in cases of gov’t contracts but I am yet to hear of a private home builder who is happy with the service provided by Dominican contractors. Even after paying through your teeth they don’t deliver. They put little unskilled people to work on your project while they are off catching another one. Just look at the credit union project. How Long, 3 years or 5?

    • DION
      May 26, 2016

      I would give them the contract with the same conditions as the bajan company. Except that I would sue them for 19 million if I am not satisfied with their product and charge them 10 thousand dollars every day after the deadline to finish the project. Every sore has it’s medicine

      • DION
        May 26, 2016

        They have a history of not meeting deadlines

  11. More Fire
    May 26, 2016

    A A Gov’t asking for more time………”who do yu think you are? We living in a small world”…More fire……99 days for………one day for………………………..More Fire……………

  12. papa
    May 26, 2016

    Pm need to go to much boball

  13. bigger
    May 26, 2016

    It is an insult to the many good lawyers we have on island for one to suggest that only one lawyer is qualified to represent a Dominican company out of FOUR lawyers? what hypocracy. You had a senior councle from Trinidad representing the UWP in the Skerrit passport case and they lost so all that money spent to bring SC Menses to Dominica could have stayed in Dominica to achieve the same result. You guys just want Behansin to talk about Salusbury. what has the Bruneys and Dyer and others has to say about this?

  14. Big Tongue
    May 26, 2016

    Great move! Nou chabay Chucky by his B..lls.

  15. latitude e5550
    May 25, 2016

    soon you will see why we will win that that and all the blue bozo’s will be in political blue crisis. labour ka twavay. and leadership is every. long live labour party.

  16. Listener
    May 25, 2016

    MR pm take the money and develop some other place so many other places needs development! For crying out loud

  17. Bridged
    May 25, 2016

    Dominicans, Skerritt knows that he and his DLP Gov’t (1 MAN) did the wrong thing. When one hears “Bottom Brain” as a former Education Officer, and his talk on that issue, one could understand why the country is as it is. Many refuse to even think.

    The process calls for firms to apply, inform of their competence, capabilities, history of positive work, etc. A fair, transparent process would then choose the firm that could do the best job. When things are not done fairly,especially regarding such contracts, because of all kinds of foolish political reasons, expect unaccountability and KOKOMAKAK.

    As usual, Skerritt would have dismissed the JCCCS, but he realize, some Dominicans are wiser, more knowledgeable, more honest, than him, thousands of times. They could run from that JCCCS letter and dust up the contents, but that Skerritt Gov’t know it is cornered

  18. Doc. Love
    May 25, 2016

    On 24th May under the headline “P.M Skeritt given deadline as legal action looms on West Bridge Project”. My comments were, “Don’t expect a positive reply. Expect a game of playing for time, ley us say in a month time.” Showing Skeritt, I knew that was doing to happen. This is how he has been operating for sixteen years. He will either not reply to your letters, case in point Pastor Rodney and Mr. Lennox Linton. He will give you endless political mapuis on radio or the political platform. He will allow Tony to do all the talking. He will just stay quiet period and hope the problem will do away. The JCCCS should reject his request, because once you let your guard down with Skeritt, the man will eat you up., chew you up and when he is done with you, spit you out.

  19. All I am seeing here, is a bridge which will stand over troubled waters in our Dominica, and yet there are evil, selfish, jealous, and envious minded people, interfering in the construction of this important infrastructure–only God knows why!

    It is true that the devil will not keep quiet–especially when he sees victory coming against him–but he is always fighting a losing battle–for God is always the Great Soldier of His Army; there can be no victory against this Army.

    When God pitches He always goes for the STRIKE OUT–the offense cannot even walk away as normal; they must be CARRIED away on a STRETCHER–that is the force of God’s STRIKE-OUT.

    The plan of this bridge will be fulfilled by the Word of God, as He has spoken it –one thing I know is that, God will not forego what He has planned to do, to give victory to His enemy–let those who have ears hear what the Spirit is saying!

    • Duncekyat
      May 25, 2016

      Graceful, you totally missed the point of the complaint, but I’m not even going to try to explain it to you since your only response will be to throw the bible at me out of willful ignorance. But of course, we all know that even the devil can quote scriptures. Go in peace!

    • ATestimonyofLoveby(HtebazileAnilReivax(4Jesus)
      May 25, 2016

      My redeemerand messiah PM Skerrit will conquer. My PM is the Emmanuel.

      • AAGabriel
        May 26, 2016

        Oh boy, you’ve lost it completely. This is frightening!

      • Papa Dom
        May 27, 2016

        Reall? What blasphemy. Shame on you people, just remember ” thou shall have no other God” but I guess you are one of those new age Sunday worshippers.

      • Ex da lawman
        May 27, 2016

        Redeemed and and are two separate words. One more thing. Learn to spell conquer fool.So you see why the pm continues to fool people like you?I rest my case. POOR DA.

      • @AAGabriel May 26, 2016

        I hope you know that this is the work of an imposter–that is someone who has completely gone mad–you are right; mister has completely lost it! And I am sure it is Francisco Telemaque, who is doing this.

        He is trying to make people believe he only uses his own name here, but that too is a lie! He uses a lot of fake identity to write his stench–this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing on this news board–you all cannot imagine how much.

    • indira Ghandi
      May 25, 2016

      Are you a dummy? No one is against the construction of the bridge.
      The issue here is the manner in whi h the contract was awarded.
      It was done against the laws of Dominica.
      Dominica has too many people like you. That is what has the country so backward.

      I am surprised Skerrit did nkt tell them to go to hell.
      Who are skerrit advisers nuh?
      It was time for someone to stop Skerrit nonsense

    • Papa Dom
      May 26, 2016

      Shame on you, are you calling the Lords name in vain? You are talking about evil men but what is more evil than a man breaking every law of the land in everything that he does? Contested election illegally, stole from the treasury in the bin scandal, appoint police commissioner unconstitutionally, appoint a president unconstitutionally, rename the airport illegally and now award major contract in violation of the law. How could you in good conscience support this kind of behaviour and call others evil? You my friend are a very evil person for giving support to skerritt in the face of all these illegal actions by him.

    • Nac Vibes
      May 26, 2016

      The Most High only deals who keep all his Laws and Commandments so I doubt his hand is anywhere near this corruption.

    • sousay sel
      May 26, 2016

      @Graceful & Wise……..Sir you are too foolish and ignorant,,,,the man broke the law,,,stop using God’s name in your nonsense…why don’t you tell Skerrit that the lord said that he must also obey the laws of the land?

    • ASHAMED
      May 26, 2016

      STOP putting GOD in your nonsense. If you were anything close to “GOD” fearing your stance would be against corruption, lies, dishonesty and deception. The same “GOD” you claim to believe in detests those things. Please STOP making a mockery of “GOD”. The commandment states that we shall not take his name in vain. When his wrath befalls on Dominica we will all feel it because we condone wickedness in high places. You surely can’t be of “GOD”.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 26, 2016

      Elizabeth, how can anyone take you seriously, when in one forum you are there disseminating your “Daily Devotion For You,” to me and the others; even this morning you exalted yourself over me calling me carnal and natural man!

      Nevertheless, you find your way on DNO creating a riot! I doubt that God influences you to write such foolishness; if anything the god of this world is in control of your mind, fingers, body, and soul!

      Would you like him to cut off your fingers for writing such nonsense, as you prayed to God to cut off the fingers of some unknown you claimed impersonated you?

      I believe you are the one who impersonated you! You need to stop playing with God, if you believe God will give Skerrit some sort of victory, be informed God is not in politics! Skerrit wins elections because he buys vote!

      • You are the one who needs to stop that obsession of yours pertaining PM Skerrit and me. I almost never mention him, in my message, unless I am speaking to him–which is very seldom.

        Every word in your stupidity to me is about God and Skerrit–man you have lost it; so go check yourself into a psychiatric ward of a Mental Hospital, if it is not already too late for you

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        May 29, 2016

        Yea Right!

        As if Skerrit have time to read your garbage!

        Speaking to him what; Skerrit receive every nasty I write about him in the other forum, never once he said anything to. Although he is recipient of the comments, he does not respond.

        On another occasion we communicated; the man never wrote more than two or three sentences.

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha!

        I doh know if he doh can talk or write eh: but; I know Skerrit not reading your trash on DNO

        And by the way I now what he bought with; he bought you for less than the cost of a postage stamp oui!

        Hahahaahahahahhaahahhahahahahahaahah!

  20. Conscious
    May 25, 2016

    Mr Leblanc want to be right at last someone is standing to Skeritt madness.

  21. Titiwi
    May 25, 2016

    Why does mr. Skerrit need more time if the awarding of the contract was legal?

    • Poverty
      May 27, 2016

      Good question

  22. Face the Facts
    May 25, 2016

    Some of you are rude and disrespectful.
    You are not only placing a curse on D/ca, you are placing it on yourself.
    You are a DLP-non supporter, on the other side of the political arena which is why your responses are negative.
    You are the ones who care not for Dominica and its enhancement.
    You are not interested in building up Dominica. Note your consistent negativity whenever the PM and his ministers speak.
    You also do not appreciate anything good, for unity and peace in Dominica
    You are bias and creating chaos in Dominica.
    You people are too ignorant and like too much melee.
    You are no good to Dominica.
    As for JCCCS, you are too greedy. You cannot do a better construction job than NSG Mgmt. and Technical Services of B/dos, The money they will be paid is killing you. You want it all for yourselves. I hope this case will be null and void.
    If it were me, I would abandon this bridge-building. Some of you do not deserve a new bridge and anything good.

    • Reasoning
      May 25, 2016

      :?: So-called face the facts,you’ve got no facts,you’re just attacking with anger because you can’t face the reality of scarit acting so illegally! The issue is not about NSG receiving the contract,it’s about the illegitimate way it was done.Are you saying Dominicans should not get work from their resources?Don’t you know it’s the duty of a government create employment for it’s people first?Come on be realistic and face the real facts!

      • Face the Facts
        May 26, 2016

        You will not prevent me from stating the truth.
        From Day 1 you people have been consistently on the attack. It is as if you, UWP is at war with DLP, namely the government, PM Skerrit.
        The words you have stated are derogatory and defaming. If you were in a progressive country you would be arrested, charged and imprisoned, making such remarks at the Prime Minister. If D/ca was a dictatorship country, you would not have the freedom to make these remarks.
        You have been unduly pressuring the PM and giving him a rough time. It is a shame.
        I cannot comprehend that there are people as you living in Dominica.
        You have projected your true colors.
        I told someone, people as you will prevent others from joining and supporting UWP.
        You are harming UWP chances by your comments.
        You are also insulting.
        You cannot stand DLP supporters to speak up for the government as you do for UWP Opposition.
        You do not think and are unfair. This is what you people have projected.

      • Face the Facts
        May 26, 2016

        Everything should not be on the PM’s back. Nationals have an obligation to help themselves. They must bear their responsibilities to themselves and to country. They should know the PM cannot do everything for them. I do think the PM is doing a lot for Dominica. The problem is you non-supporters lack appreciation. You are ungrateful.
        How much employment? You know there a few businesses in D/ca. What type of employment do you suggest?
        The youth must attend school and not drop out. Students must be diligent in their studies. They must graduate and seek employment.
        In cases where some of them and their family have property, they could help to farm it.
        Every country of the world has unemployment problems. There are many reasons for that, too numerous to mention. I have already mentioned some in previous articles. It is not the government’s fault.
        The PM said there will be work for locals. Did you not read the article? I am not elaborating further.

    • May 25, 2016

      facts who ever you maybe, why are you behaving like someone who is out of touch with reality?

    • sousay sel
      May 26, 2016

      @Face the fact…You should learn to face the fact that skerrit is a liar. He has been misleading you guys for years and all eyes have too much lassy u cannot see what going on

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 26, 2016

      Right now I see you and you partner in crime equal each other with thumbs down, as matter of fact I am going to give you one, taking you to seventy-down.

      You and that Elizabeth always talking some pile of rubbish, talking about how people are rude in support in support of Skerrit that damn …..; Mountain Chicken Carpaud (Crapo) Mountain Chicken Sly Eye Indian doctor of nothing!

      That boy Skerrit is the rudest human alive, he insults, and disrespect the nation every second of the day including you and mamzel Elizabeth, but the he kick you down its more you tolerate him and support him. You see the five doted lines, that’s a title I add to his name Sorry I cannot call him a damn ….. on DNO!

      If you come on our forum, you would enjoy the nasty names I call: Hahahahahahahahah! You cant write there because we would have to know your name!

  23. It's My Damn Business!
    May 25, 2016

    Tell me what to expect when:
    Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is from Vieille Case
    Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon -Vielle case
    Chief Procurement Officer, Oscar Seaman – Vieille Case
    President & Chairman of the Builders and Contractors Association, Anthony Leblac- Vieille Case

    What do you expect when all these players and actors are from the same village and, attended school together? Stupes!!!

    • Toute Twelle Roy
      May 25, 2016

      While all of them are from Vieille Case, they surely don’t share the same views. For sure one of them is the odd man out and I suspect that one might be the one that will break the camel’s back.

  24. It's My Damn Business!
    May 25, 2016

    More time for what? To buy Leblanc and others? Did he give us time when he signed his contract with his Bajan friends? That’s the hypocrisy about Dominica I hate. In the first place there was no need to give the man any deadline to respond. If they violated the law then they should just take the matter to court. Now Skerrit asking for time. Time to do what? To run and change things? To buy Anthony Le blanc, who is also from Vielle-case? Dominicans are jokers and CANNOT act; All they can do is talk, talk. talk.

  25. Tj
    May 25, 2016

    If this project is irritant why more time? Start the procurement the legal way.

  26. May 25, 2016

    It seems like every week Skerrit is in a new scandal, dont you guys get tired of defending him :-D :-D

  27. Reasoning
    May 25, 2016

    Good job JCCCS,it’s been time for this man to be held accountable! This is a good sign of scarit downfall! I’ve always been hopeful scarit has to fall badly,even if i think it’s been taking too long!

    • island girl
      May 25, 2016

      We are brothers and sisters in Christ. While we may not always
      agree with the Prime Minister but it hurts me as a Dominican to another
      or simple a human being to wish someone bad, ,Be careful what we wish someone
      Just saying

  28. committed
    May 25, 2016

    Mr. Leblanc am disappointed and dissatisfied you allow this fake guy more time. You really should have held his feet to the fire.
    I would squeeze his seeds to the max.

  29. Fact
    May 25, 2016

    Hold his feet to the fire and show him that we have laws and a constitution in Dominica that MUST be respected by all. The myth that no law no constitution can stop him from doing what he pleases, has finally caught up with him and he wants more time? Well you’ve had 13 years Mr Dictator. and although we have an unemployment rate of 27%, you’re still giving contracts to outside companies. Shame on you!

  30. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 25, 2016

    This is only another of Skerrit’s ploy, stall for as long as it takes.
    The reality is simply this, if he violated the law, there is nothing inhibit the process. If there is no substantial response from Skerrit, by the time of the dead-line they should proceed with the most appropriate action necessary!

    Ploy, tactics, lies, and deceptions is what Skerrit is all about he has no interest in doing what is right and proper!

  31. DR Clayton Shillingford
    May 25, 2016

    A legal advisor for the government of Dominica has requested more time from the legal team representing the Joint Consultative Committee on the Construction Sector (JCCCS), a local construction fraternity who has threatened to take legal action against the government of Dominica by 4:00 pm today if Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit fails to respond to a pre-action protocol letter addressed to him concerning the contract for the West Bridge Project in Roseau

    Why is the legal advisor not named?? I hope this is not a staling tactic?? I Agree with the action by JCCCS. We need more transparency and adherence to law etc by the Government in the conduct of the peoples business..There is a growing tendency for the DLP regime to think they are above or beyond the law

  32. LifeandDeath
    May 25, 2016

    Skerrit have no good reason giving Jobs to foreigners when Dominicans have the capacity to do it..No other forward thinking leader does that to his people..especially when it is paid for by Dominicans passport sales..

    I mean we don’t need a procurement act to let us know that…

    If our PM needs a procurement act to tell him that he should put his people first I guess he has lost his moral compass..

    • May 26, 2016

      he gives to his people,but only to his red followers and when dey dont want to follow him no more,they hungry cana get work to do,cause they lived there whole life on handout so sad

  33. Fedup #1
    May 25, 2016

    JCCCS, if you and your attorneys take a read of the Press Release re repealing of Procurement Act, then you know what is coming. Dominicans are the ones responsible for having our country in this sorry state and last in all areas that matter and top of the list in all areas where we should want to be last. They continue to allow this PM to take them for a ride and break the law with impunity. And the more they allow is the worse he does. He did his evil act successfully with the IPO act just recently and the populace remained silent and now he wishes to do it again.
    At least, if people do not care about Dominica now, they should at least care for it for future generations. It is another very SAD day in DA.

    • Truth Knowledge
      May 26, 2016

      I will ask you two simple questions that I have asked previously but still await a credible response to. Perhaps you can enlightened readers: 1. when in Dominica’s history has the country ever been a economic, financial, tourism or other leader regionally or internationally; 2. Under which previous Government has Dominica been represented at the same time in so many high level positions regionally and internationally (Secretary General, CARICOM; Director General, PAHO; Secretary General, Commonwealth of Nations)?
      Criticism of this or any Government is legitimate in a democratic society but we should try to fair in that criticism and to separate our dislike of a particular politician or political party from perpetuating our negativity country and self.

      • Fedup #1
        May 26, 2016

        Truth Knowledge: I am sorry but I can’t make the link between the qualified Dominicans that excel regionally and internationally and the current corruption and disrespect of the laws of the land.

      • Face the Facts
        May 26, 2016

        They are not smart people. They are showing the world of their ignorance. Imagine not supporting a government and throwing insults at him. They call him a dictator? He has patience. They are lucky they are in Dominica.
        Then if you are a non UWP supporter and comment, they throw insults and call you all sots of derogatory names. Then they say others are not real. They are the ones who are not real.
        Who are these people? My estimation about them is nil They lack class and dignity. Everything they throw at the PM and supporters fall back on them because this is exactly what they project.

  34. May 25, 2016

    you mean to tell me, only one out of four legal representatives is dominican? We cannot find adequately qualified and experienced enough layers to put the case forward to defend a case against a government accused of not considering the adequately qualified Dominican to fullfil the West Bridge contract?

    • Dorival John
      May 25, 2016

      All the lawyers here are tainted by politics. They all afraid of the government.

      It is clear the government broke the rules of the Procurement Act in the West Bridge Project. Have you heard from the Bar Association? Nope. Wonder why?

      • forreal
        May 25, 2016

        oh!!! I see so you find an excuse for not putting local monies in local lawyers pockets to,i tell you all when the shoe is on the other feet,you all do not see it fit to stomp the wit

      • May 25, 2016

        On point, Sir, very much on point.

      • Costco
        May 25, 2016

        Its only one set that tainted by politics ?

        Ask how many ordinary contractors get from the 10 million plus NCCU spend on that building over the last 3 years.

        When people want to complain about the JCCS who do they go to ? They cannot afford big shot lawyers nuh.

    • Fedup #1
      May 25, 2016

      Popam, I am sure you know that it has nothing to do with qualifications. This place is too politicized. JCCCS did what is best for them as all right thinking plaintiffs should.

    • %
      May 25, 2016

      People spend their money as they want….The government shall not spend the peoples money as it pleases.

  35. Shaka Zulu
    May 25, 2016

    More time for what? To burn documents. According to PM everything was done right. So he needs no more time. Hurricane season starts in a few days.

    • Truth Knowledge
      May 26, 2016

      You must stop watching so much television my friend :-D

    • Joan
      May 27, 2016

      who broke into the dpp office?

  36. JDavid
    May 25, 2016

    The JCCCS is being represented by four attorneys on that Dominican matter and only one of them is Dominican. So Dominican attorneys couldn’t take the lead on this matter, all them lawyers Dominica have?

    • Nac Vibes
      May 26, 2016

      Oh how we like playing smart but never clever.

  37. ASHAMED
    May 25, 2016

    Aye Dr. Skerrit note to yourself: History repeats itself

  38. Black jack
    May 25, 2016

    The government of Dominica, should not let Linton, and his gangsters push you in a corner they are all losers so kick them where they came from at the bottom of a dog ?.

    • Ex da lawman
      May 26, 2016

      People like you will the pm love.He loves the foolish and blind people like you.You are occupying useless space.

  39. Scott
    May 25, 2016

    More time= saving face. Either way the people have won. Lets go with another victory.

  40. %
    May 25, 2016

    In my view this regime has failed this country so badly that I would grant them NO MORE TIME…They are tricksters. After 16 long years of DLP rule, the country is plenty worse off than it was in 2000…No proper hospital,more bobol,no agriculture,but more bobol,no manufacturing,more bobol,no functional institution,more bobol,tourism dead more bobol,no TENDERING FOR BRIDGE, more bobol,more passport sales,more bobol…I am not a lawyer,but those responsible should be dragged to the court with dispatch..Dominica is descending the road of Venezuela…How can we advance a nation by handouts and keeping the people poor.GOOD JOB JCCCSS… Show Skerrit that Dominica is not, and will never be his estate!!!

    • May 25, 2016

      They do not deserve any more time that’s the type of trickery they are used too, the Government 1 man Skerrit must learn to respect Dominicans and I support the gentlemen who had the balls to confront him.. As for hiring lawyers from outside it’s because all of the lawyers on the Island are afraid of this 1 man and that’s why the legal system is so damage, but these lawyers are not making things goo for their profession they cannot be trusted and have their selves to blame . TONY did a number on them and since then their mouths are shot.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      May 25, 2016

      There YOU, %, go again! The brainless that acts by instinct like a crab. How can Dominica be anyone’s estate? Can’t you talk or comment without mentioning Skerrit’s name?

      • %
        May 25, 2016

        @IDIOT ON THE BLOCK!!!! The issue there is an illegal contract.You could not understand what you read,so I am helping you…Again GO TO SCHOOL,after you have swept all the white dust from your brain!!!

      • May 26, 2016

        Likewise yourself, can you say something without mentioning Mr Linton’s name you brainless chicken?.

    • Abour Charles
      May 25, 2016

      Wish I could give 5million thumps up

    • Truth Knowledge
      May 26, 2016

      It is astonishing and disturbing to see the level of stupidity (sadly there is no softer word for it) displayed by our people, and exposed to the whole world. I suspect that most, if not all, of those who are complaining about the agreement to a short extension of time to respond, have no idea what type of documents were served on the Government: how many, how complicated, how lengthy, etc, etc, yet they feel better placed than JCCCS (and presumably its legal advisers) to judge whether or not the request is reasonable…Amazing!

  41. bricks and mortar
    May 25, 2016

    The main man constructing the bridge is from Columbia and the second man in charge is from Venezuela! Fact. So was the company registered in Barbados. I don’t think anybody in Barbados is involved in the project?

    • Ex da lawman
      May 25, 2016

      Very interesting piece of information if true.Makes you wonder if there were any kickbacks.

      • Goodwill
        May 26, 2016

        By what logic do you say this… What’s the connection???

  42. Just Me
    May 25, 2016

    Do not give them more time!!! All the citizens that are punished for breaking the law are given more time?

  43. cameron
    May 25, 2016

    Ah boy you all have the supreme leader,i hope in the next few days he does not give you guys some hush money,waiting to see,nothing surprises me in this corrupt country.

  44. Floridian Diaspora
    May 25, 2016

    Skeritt is the worst thing to ever happen to Dominica. Everything that man involve in just causing chaos and he stands for immorality. As far as I am concerned there shouldn’t be any Christian Laborites. A special section in hell is awaiting these self-proclaimed RED followers of God. Dr. Punjab sees himself as the law. The truth is it’s either he’s breaking the law and Dominicans are allowing him to get away with it or new laws need to be written along with old ones being changed. One man cannot fearlessly be doing what he want like that while people just stand by and let it fly

    • ????????
      May 26, 2016

      to say that a person is the worse thing to ever to Dominica is showing the level of hatred, envy, and all the hate things you can imagine. I have come to the conclusion that you do not even like your self. A human being cannot be so negative.

  45. Jah
    May 25, 2016

    Two Trinidadians, one Queen’s counsel?….only 1 Dominican? I object! Do these people have the experience dealing with Dominican matters…….smh…
    I personanlly don’t care if the government didn’t go through the legal channels to award this contract, this is just another act to keep so called development from happening.
    That bridge will collapse on you all one day while you fighting to get contract….JAH

    • Unknown
      May 25, 2016

      A-Swipe!!! Contract law i universal, not limited to Dominica. Typical red Scarecrow – uninformed and just spewing what ever their leader or co supporters say!

      You don’t care if the contract was illegal? that translate to you don’t care about your country. If you are immature enough to not be concerned by an illegal act – you should not be concerned enough to make your foolish opinion public!

    • %
      May 25, 2016

      @ Jah Man stop infecting DNO with garbage….Go buy a book and pencil and enroll in night school.

    • lord help u
      May 25, 2016

      Oh please,,,,,one Dominican and?????? you are so ridiculous its not funny,,,thats what u guys want for there to be no law to control your behavior,,,who cares if u dont care…the fact remains he has to follow the law period..,,he thought he wudda do what he want and get away with it……any way any way u just stupid padna

  46. The Real Thing
    May 25, 2016

    Just give me just a little more time.Then the procurement act will be OFF the books problem solved.

  47. hmm more time to do what???? to change the act on allu???

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