In spite of the Global Economic crisis, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, says his administration will continue to finance social safety net programmes for the less fortunate in Dominica.
The Prime Minister gave the assurance during his address at the Pichelin Village Council’s 10th Inauguration Ceremony on Thursday.
Skerrit highlighted the “YES WE CARE” Programme and the “CHANCES” home in Jimmit, as social programmes which will continue to be funded by his Government.
The Prime Minister explained why these programmes will continue to be supported by his Government.
He said Government spends in excess of $1 million dollars annually to support the “YES WE CARE” Programme.
“We have situations where grandparents and parents have been abandoned and left alone by their relatives and in some cases the children live right next door to their grandparents,” he said. “The question is, should the Government allow these people to live in that condition?”
“We as a Government, has had to intervene to introduce the YES WE CARE Programme, where we are paying people to go into their homes, clean their homes, bathe them, cook for them and provide other supplies to them,” the Prime Minister continued. “We have “CHANCES” in Jimmit. This is costing the state $70,000.00 a month, to provide a home and care for children who may have been abused or abandoned by their families.”
The Prime Minister noted further that “If people were to take back their responsibilities, this money could be spent on other areas of the country”.