PetroCaribe facility to be renamed after Hugo Chavez

Chavez passed away in 2013
Chavez passed away in 2013

The PetroCaribe Dominica Plant, which is presently known as the Waitikubuli Storage Facility, will on June 29th 2015 renamed in honor of the late Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.

Minister responsible for PetroCaribe, Reginald Austrie made that announcement at the 10th Anniversary of the PetroCaribe Agreement media launch held at the office in Jimmit on Monday.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and late President Chavez signed the PetroCaribe Energy Cooperation Agreement on June 29th, 2005, which provide Dominica with liquid petroleum gas, gasoline and diesel at a discounted rate.

“I look forward really to the activities of the 29th when we will be renaming the plant from Waitikubuli Storage Facility to the Hugo Chavez Storage Facility, which in recognition of the effort and the hard work that President Chavez has put into the programme,” Austrie stated.

Austrie noted that Chavez’s work, through PetroCaribe, is seen not only in Dominica but throughout the Caribbean and Latin America “where his vision was to see an integrated, united people…”

Austrie wished the PetroCaribe program well and said it will receive the full support of the government “to ensure that we can make PetroCaribe the success that it has to be and to bring the relief and benefit to all the people of Dominica all the time.”

Chavez died on March 5, 2013.

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  1. Anthony Ismael
    May 20, 2015

    When you run out of ideas and creativity, you rename things to give the appearance of actually accomplishing something significant.
    A badly designed Melville Hall Airport is now: Charles Douglas Airport.
    Now we have Hugo Chavez Whatever.
    Next: Who the heck knows.

    • original Mahaut Man
      May 20, 2015

      Stop the critizing that’s all you are doing .What is wrong in naming a place after a man who played a big part in that project.Think positive.

  2. Malgraysa
    May 20, 2015

    Hugo Chavez is dead, long live Hugo Chavez! But seriously, this is a dumb decision. Here we are soliciting investments from people/countries that have the money and at the same give a sign that we are anti-business, anti profit-making. Who in their right mind would invest their Dollars (…because it are not Bolivars we want, do we) in a country that gives that message? You may as well hang a big red flag right outside the airport terminal with a big portrait of Chavez to join poor Pierro and Rosie, who could not argue against using their names in vain either.

  3. Gabby
    May 19, 2015

    Why not just rename it Bird Island Facility and put the real reason for all of this Chavez adoration all in the open?

  4. too late
    May 19, 2015

    This blogger called The Facts i think if skerrit inserts a canister of expired tear gas up his body and rename him the tear gas donkey( whats the other name for donkey again?) just as they renaming all facilities he would shout ” Pm I love you insert it Pm I like that”

    • The Facts
      May 19, 2015

      Dominica has all types and ungrateful ones. You are one of them. You project your disrespect and ill-mannerly habit. I always say people as you are unfair and biased. Your comments are nonsensical, putting it mildly.
      You will allow me to comment. People as you detest the PM and so you cannot stand anyone speaking in his favor. The truth shall prevail. It cannot be watered-down or hidden. People as you do not have that aptitude. Be careful one day you do not fall flat on your face. Learn from others. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  5. Real
    May 19, 2015

    It is an alarming realization that these guys would engage in such a disrespectful act by changing the name of this facility from our own proud name of Waitikubili to a tyrant ‘s name. Also did the minister Said that the Gasoline is being will sold at a discount price? If so then why the price of Gas has gone down around the world besides Dominica. You can fool your RED CLINIC recipients but not intellectually savy Dominicans.

    May 19, 2015

    gimme gimme gimmick gimmicks

  7. john
    May 19, 2015

    Truman keep speaking truth to power our people must learn we have to learn one thing what we have to do together to solve our problems. The U.N. , world Bank, and , I.M.F. is not here to solve our problems. We will remain servants and beggers , dancing for Tourist which is a mistake all over the caribean. The same African people Red fighting blue. One one amongst .No one amongst us who know what to do and who is smart is not helping us. They are creating more confusion in our head. If we don’t learn fast Dominica will be the poorest nation on the planet begging and singing and begging for their supper. As a people we have to find ways to solve our problems. How do we create jobs and wealth.

  8. Titiwi
    May 19, 2015

    They should turn it into a shrine and ask the bishop to bless it so people can go and make pilgrimage there to ask for more miracles. Look, in the picture Uncle Hugo is already giving us the example.

    • The Facts
      May 19, 2015

      Be careful. Your very words will condemn you.
      Did you, as a D/can not benefit from his financial help? Where is your gratitude?

  9. Luke
    May 19, 2015

    It is official

    Dominica is now known for renaming infrastructure, beauty pageants and begging!

    Our ministers are not innovative or progressive, they are regressive and uninformed.

    • May 19, 2015

      luke I don knw what the hell u sayin , matter of fact u should shut up

      • Luke
        May 19, 2015

        Jack Russell

        I rattled your cage. Assertive not aggressive.

        Truth hurts.

    May 19, 2015


    “to ensure that we can make PetroCaribe the success that it has to be and to bring the relief and benefit to all the people of Dominica all the time.”
    This statement really says it all! “The success that it has to be”……….The government has been trying to convince us that PetroCaribe is a success from day one.

    Now the government is still hoping it will be a success??? Somewhere over the rainbow in the………………………….. NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE!!

    Best wishes,

  11. Hmmmmm
    May 19, 2015

    good idea…

    now watch the thumbs go down lol

  12. Gregs
    May 19, 2015

    Laughing at these folks hiding and talking geez man just show your face and say that you don’t see the point of this name change thingy

    • Sugar and cheese
      May 19, 2015

      Go to hell put your hands between your legs and lock yourself in a toilet. fool

  13. May 19, 2015

    Skerrit should leave the name that is existing now,,carib people have more history in dominica,the time will come to get something to name it chavez,,,soon the roseau market will be called kim jung un ….stop selling your mothers to buy your mother in laws…

  14. too late
    May 19, 2015

    So after labourites eat up all Venezuela money in red clinic and cooking gas thats all that is given back to the people of venezuela? a renamed facility? why not send at least some coconut, mango and toilet paper for the people?

  15. Titiwi
    May 19, 2015

    I think they should call it the the Blessed Austrie – Skerrit Benefit Fund. After all, it appears these two benefited most from this arrangement.

    May 19, 2015

    Why only the storage facility? Maybe The supremo will rename labor party after hugo, they already have the same red colors, OR maybe is son, or a parish for his boy hugo. Ok. what about bird island, to hugo island. and don’t stop, bring hugo remains to the facility bury there :mrgreen:

  17. Da/ roots
    May 18, 2015

    How could that be in the face of the people . Some honor is due to the Venezuelans , and Chavez in particular but one must also keep in mind it’s a joint working relationship . Indeed his name will be remembered throughout the length and breath of the entire country , the structure itself is a reminder of their work , why rename it , when Dominica is thriving to develop and maintain its cultural and its patriotic image . I ‘d believe Dominicans are grateful , some choosing this option , perceiving it to be ” best thing to do” , but to me , it’s just unbelievable going that way.

  18. May 18, 2015

    It’s about time!!! President Hugo Chavez has been a good friend to the blessed Labour Party and to Dominica on a whole. This name change is not only warranted but long-overdue. This is the wisdom of a Government that values friendships and does not burn bridges. Hugo Chavez’s contributions and assistance to Dominica will now be eternally etched into our landscape and written into our history with the renaming of this facility. Labourites are so proud of our Supreme Leader and all the wise and dedicated Labour Ministers who continue to show that the Dominica Labour Party is the ONLY way to go for a better Dominica. I see another 25 years ahead for Labour, maybe even 30.

  19. Sams Gutter
    May 18, 2015

    I know, it is me, but should not the people be consulted before making such a decision? Where the churches? They should be voicing their opposition at the naming of any thing in Dominica after a communist dictator.

  20. The Facts
    May 18, 2015

    Time flies. It is two years since Chavez passed on. RIP.
    Residing abroad, whenever I heard about Chavez on TV via US and Canadian News, it was always as an indifferent man and a dictator. As always the manner in which News is broadcasted, it could leave us with either a good or bad feeling about certain people as also politicians.
    The last Venezuelan election, also seen on TV, many Venezuelans spoke of his help. He was not such a bad person.
    Since I commenced accessing DNO I learned more about Chavez help in the Caribbean especially in Dominica to this day. He has left this assistance behind.
    No matter what has befallen Venezuela, Chavez help is still being experienced throughout the Caribbean. This is saying a lot for this man.
    Those who know and read of his help which especially aided Dominica should appreciate him and compliment him for his enormous assistance.
    In gratitude, it is fitting that Chavez, a man for the little man be engraved in Dominica’s history.

    • out of south city
      May 18, 2015

      The Facts, I must agree with you on this one and you must realise that the European countries did not like him and they referred to him as a dictator because he did not bow down to them. We must not forget the relationship he had with Dominica and the Caribbean on a whole. I couldn’t believe my eyes either when I read of his exit on March 5th, 2013. Yes, time sure does fly.


      • The Facts
        May 19, 2015

        Thank you, and for your insight and appreciation of Hugo Chavez. Those who help others and in the manner Chavez helped the Caribbean, Dominica of all, should receive a citation. He deserves it. In fact, a road or building should have been constructed in his honor.
        Dominicans have benefited from his assistance. The more every D/can should be thankful. Sadly, some lack appreciation.
        Some have received awards/citations with buildings and roads named in their honor. They have not contributed as much to Dominica as Hugo Chavez. On this basis, I pay honor to this man, Hugo Chavez and a well-deserved one. There is no doubt that God has rewarded him for his immense help to the people of the Caribbean. He left a legacy behind, never to be erased. God bless his soul.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      May 19, 2015

      Facts; you name is Facts right?

      Well how come you can never get your facts right. Anybody who do not know may believe the fairy tails you write, nevertheless, anybody with an analytical mind can see you are not aware nor have any clue of what you are talking about.

      Chavez is revered only in Dominica and not the whole of the Caribbean as you claim. All of the other islands of the Caribbean has flourished because their government knows how to manage and grow the economy of their country without begging, and been a puppet to Venezuela.

      Only Skerrit and Dominicans reveres the dead, Chavez left no help to any island in the Caribbean, and if you chose to debate that; name one other besides Skerrit’s Dominica. Only Dominica Facts, only Dominica. Do a study of the economy of all the islands of the Caribbean from Trinidad to Jamaica, and see how many are as poor as Dominica!

      • The Facts
        May 19, 2015

        I have my views. You have yours. What makes yours better than mine?
        You look at everything negatively. I look at them positively.
        I appreciate the good that others do. I am happy for it.
        You are miserable being negative.
        Wallowing in your ingratitude, you do not appreciate him. Too bad for you that you never have anything good to say about anybody.. So what type of person are you?
        You are in no position to criticize anyone and offer them advise. Keep your negative views and criticisms to yourself. You are an ill-wind that blows nobody any good.
        Did I say I revere Chavez? If I do it is for his generosity. Some people in the Caribbean are as people as you. They lack gratitude. In time, such people as you will suffer for that.
        If you have feasible suggestions on how to grow D/ca’s economy why not inform the government? Otherwise hold your piece and peace. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

    • grell
      May 19, 2015

      Oh please ALL SKERRIT DID WAS BEGGED ALL THE TIME AND CONTINUE TOO,Chavez abuzed and killed his non followers so please give me something better,Skerrit is following his footsteps but god is in control.

      • The Facts
        May 20, 2015

        I will be writing a book about you disrespectful, ungrateful, crude and rude people who only see things negatively and who have nothing good to say and on this Website. Your comments portray you do not even love your country. If you say you do, it is only as hot air blowing. You should be exposed to the world.
        The government gets help from overseas and you say that he is begging. Who is he begging for? Is it not also you as a Dominican?
        If all of them withheld their help and D/ca received nothing, what will happen to Dominican nationals and those who are in need of?
        How much income tax do you pay to assist the economy?
        Some of you are full of flat words; nothing concrete but love to criticize. One day you will get it. Wait and see. What goes around comes around and twofold. To your detriment, you will have reason to wail.

    • Tjebe fort
      May 19, 2015

      In this case RIP stands for Rest In Petrol.

      • The Facts
        May 20, 2015

        Those who help D/ca should not be mocked. I feel sorry for people as you. Your ways are low.
        God is not mocked. He sends help to Dominica, for nationals and you people look at it negatively without gratitude.
        God knows the help Chavez provided to D/ca. God knows how ignorant and ungrateful you are.
        You people do more criticizing than praying. This is why you make such unbecoming and ungrateful comments. Your comments give you away. Some of you are not nice people.
        Chavez is resting in peace because he helped thousands, if not millions of people in the Caribbean. He made up for whatever frailties he had. His help is still being experienced after his passing.
        What are you doing so that you can live in peace and rest in peace when you die?

    • May 19, 2015

      well said…. and that’s the facts

    • May 19, 2015

      u r right brother

  21. Michael
    May 18, 2015

    Why does Austrie continue to serve as Minister responsible for PetroCaribe when there is another Minister responsible for energy? Austrie has been Minister for PetroCaribe since its inception and even served on the Board, which is very unusual and is not good corporate governance practice. Why does Roosevelt Skerrit keep Austrie in that post? Why? Do they share a secret?

    • A
      May 19, 2015

      um yea something of that sort…but yea a name change does nothing neither here or there so nothing to be up in arms about … could be renamed anonymous a storage facility and what diff would it make really ……but why change the name idk o well shrugs

  22. LANGLu
    May 18, 2015

    hmmmm it seems that is one of the most important legacy of the government… renaming everything. soon the cathedral maybe renamed to roosevelt cathedral…. look bordell

  23. Captain Ian
    May 18, 2015

    Was Chavez a Dominican? Did he arrange with Skerrit to name it after him when he dies? If they really see the need to rename it since Petro Carib never accomplished what Chavez expected, then they should rename it after someone local and I humbly suggest the new name should be ‘The Skerrit / Austrie garden.’

    • A
      May 19, 2015

      lol skerrit austrie storage facility huh lol it would actually make more sense though

    • May 19, 2015

      captain stop talking sot man :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  24. May 18, 2015

    gratitude to the decease Hugo Chavez & the people of Venezuela for that facility but shame on this govt. for their failure in helping with toilet paper when they needed that the most. They say a friend in need is a friend indeed but in this relationship it seems to be a one sided affair . In some friendships the insincere one always seeks to get/ receive and never once would give . SHAME!!!!

  25. youth
    May 18, 2015

    lol lol comic country!!!

  26. AWA WII
    May 18, 2015

    you serious man?

  27. T-dot
    May 18, 2015

    All Skerrit have doin is renaming sh** after ppl!

  28. Titiwi
    May 18, 2015

    Will that make our gas- & diesel prices go down?

    • The Facts
      May 18, 2015

      Thanks to Venezuela you have been reaping low prices. Be grateful and appreciative.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        May 19, 2015

        Facts, if gasoline is more expensive than most places in the Caribbean in what way should that person thanks you for low price. Are you kidding yourself?

        Petroleum products was cheaper in Dominica and the Caribbean for that matter when the supply came from Trinidad & Tobago!

  29. UserName
    May 18, 2015

    Irrespective of the effort by the late Venezuelan President in the ALBA initiative, changing the name from Waitikubuli Storage Facility to the Hugo Chavez Storage Facility speaks volumes of the conviction, belief, faith and PRINCIPLE this DLP Govt. has with respect to NATIONAL pride. Did the Venezuelan Govt. make a formal request or is it being “considered” in light of “goodwill”. If so convinced on that name change.. put it to a referendum… like that part of democracy does not happen in DA. Like the amendments to the CABRITS national park without any referendum, and all other IMPORTANT names changes in recent times. This Govt. really believes that the majority of Dominicans are in agreement to that amendment. MAJORITY in PARLIAMENT by the vote of the people does not give you thee autocratic and dictatorial right to undertake such an amendment without consenting the people, especially when NATIONAL INTEREST is at the core. It seems like “The Govt.” doing their thing is…

    • The Facts
      May 18, 2015

      Dominica has a government, a PM and his cabinet ministers. It was decided to rename the facility in honor of Hugo Chavez. Respect this decision.
      So everything is a referendum? Whenever any government decides to rename something, do they ever have a referendum?
      Who are they? How many people in Dominica are truly assisting Dominica in any way that the government has to go to them and have a referendum? Many are quite capable of criticizing than helping. Do they really care about Dominica?
      Some of you have no respect for authority. Whenever the government says and does something the critics are at the forefront.
      If it were the opposition in power, I wonder what would you critics say? I know it already. It would be no objection on your part. You people are extremely biased.
      One day you will pay for your words as imbedded in your heart and mind. This will come from God who knows, sees and hears all things and who knows your hearts and what is lodged in them.

      • Peter Potter
        May 19, 2015

        There is a right and there is a wrong. The educated and clear thinking people in this country are quite happy to give praise and acknowledge when the government (of any colour) is doing well and achieves things. However, this government has achieved very, very few positive things. If it was not for ignorant individuals like you, we would by now have a government that is willing and more to the point is capable of taking Dominica out of the black hole it has been stuck in for 15 years.

      • Hmmm
        May 19, 2015

        @The Facts…do you ever shut up? Pea Brain!

      • The Facts
        May 20, 2015

        Peter Potter which exactly means ignorant. Who are you to call anyone ignorant? People as you are blind as a bat to what has occurred in Dominica. You are walking with your eyes closed. You better see an optometrist.
        You are envious and cannot stand, (I reiterate) anyone speaking well of the PM or agreeing with him. You have made up your mind that you hate him as your comments clearly portray.
        LISTEN peter potter! I will not live a miserable life and I am not going to Hell for people as you. I have my godly principles. You do not even generate peace. You generate divisions and disunity.
        Heaven is also made up of people who have godly attributes, who are confident and who have the capability of heart, mind and soul to give compliments and to be unbiased.
        Will people as you ever make it to Heaven? With that kind of hateful attitude? Man, you better change your ways and fast enough before it is too late for you.
        :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  30. Bull Crap
    May 18, 2015

    What the hell is wrong with these nah seriously….create jobs for people to do nah instead of all these gimmicks

    • The Facts
      May 18, 2015

      What the hell is wrong with you bull crap, full of crap? Who are you referring to?
      Tell those who do not have jobs to do something. Dominica is a tropical country – all year round. It has fertile land with a lot of water and sunshine. Grow some fruits and vegetables and sell them so that D/cans will not have to purchase imported, canned foods some of which are contaminated and must be recalled.
      If you make an effort to assist your people and yourself, you will be doing both them and you a good service. Being negative and critical will get you nowhere. They will not even make you happy and peaceful. You project a heart which has no peace.
      It is in loving, doing good and giving that you receive – from God.

      • Bull Crap
        May 19, 2015

        I will be critical when i see negativity, just the very same way u were critical to my one line sentence

        waw.. talk about someone that just speak but actually says nothing.. So let me educate you a bit.. this is Dominica the nature island of the Caribbean which is where is was born and raised and grow up working the land. tell me what added benefits is their to changing the name that reflects national pride to Hugo Chavez.its not my Job to create an environment that motivates enterprise,its the government job. So stop adding God in your blind Hypocrisy..70+ thousand people in this country and god knows how many live high school and college every year. Should everyone of them go and plant fruits and vegetables?

        Thats your empty solution to job creation.. Go make garden..

      • TRUEMAN
        May 19, 2015

        “THE FACTS”
        “Bull-Crap” has a point. But you have also made a very good point here in your own words;
        “Dominica is a tropical country – all year round. It has fertile land with a lot of water and sunshine. Grow some fruits and vegetables and sell them so that D/cans will not have to purchase imported, canned foods some of which are contaminated and must be recalled”.

        What’s your take on the government killing the agricultural industry by allowing all this tropical imports [especially fruits and veggies] into the island? Do you think the government has an obligation to create the infrastructure so that job creation may flourish/succeed?
        -not to do the work for the people or hand-out- but to encourage economic policies that promote job creation.

        Our farmers cannot compete with those non-organic imports. That’s their lively hood. That’s what they know best.

        Do you know what other job openings they could apply for?

        Best wishes

      • May 19, 2015

        fellas all you getting hot man. Facts thy need to work the land. DA have opportunities and a lot of people are waiting for the government o do something, Fellas it was Abraham Lincoln who said “think not what the government can do for you but what you can do or the government”

        DA is a land of opportunity. With the government subsiding farmers as they do, all dominicans should be employed in one thing or the other hence building DA as the food basket of the Caribbean

        Remember skerro is only the governor and we the ppl ae the government

      • The Facts
        May 20, 2015

        Bull crap which is what you are, ignorant and a hypocrite as well. I feel sorry for you. Your limited mind cannot fathom the good that Chavez did for so many people in the Caribbean especially Dominica. One would think you would have that kind type of heart to join your PM in being appreciative and recognizing the good work that Chavez did. As I have stated, Chavez even deserves a better building named in his honor.
        You are a D/can, born and raised. It is for a reason; not only for you. Have you considered that you have an obligation to your country? It is not consistent criticisms and negativity. You, too, must build up your country and enhance it. What have you done for D/ca? What are you doing for it? What do you propose to do for it in the future?
        I have a right to mention the Most Holy Name of God. Know that God expects this of you, too, to help your country and to be a patriotic national. Like it or not, this is one of your obligations.

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