Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has advised the newly inaugurated Roseau City Council to focus on alleviating poverty in the city, placing special emphasis on the Silver Lake area.
Skerrit, who spoke at the council’s 10th inauguration ceremony earlier this week, said that Silver Lake is in need of special attention.
“I would like the city to pay particular attention to the pockets of poverty within the city and as the minister of finance I am prepared and the government is prepared to make the resources available for us to continue attacking the pockets of poverty frontally in the city,” he said.
“One such community which falls under your jurisdiction, I believe, is the Silver Lake area and I believe that we have to go in there as I have indicated to some of the ministries concerned – the Ministry of Education, social services, health – to go into these parts and to develop a program to respond to the challenges which these citizens face on a regular basis,” he stated.
He added, “That no child in the city of Roseau should stay out of school because he or she cannot afford to make the basic requirements for getting into school, that we want to ensure that every person of college age who has graduated from the secondary school should be at the college attaining a higher education.”