PM calls for special emphasis on poverty-stricken Silver Lake community

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. * Photo credit: GIS

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.”

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36 Comments

  1. Judy
    December 16, 2010

    STUPES :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :twisted: :mrgreen: :lol: :( 8-O

  2. mr. wung futin
    December 16, 2010

    when the emphasis is on talk and more talk, like “chubby” says in his song, with little sincerity to honest action, we will continue to slide down the poverty ladder.people don’t look in the mirror these days and remind themselves, that we just passing through,or what soever you do to the least of your brother is in the sight of the father. :lol: SEASONS GREETINGS :-D
    THIS IS THE SEASON TO START TO ACT: YOU ONLY LIVE TODAY: YOU ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE;
    WHY ALL THAT FORCE AND FIGHT;COME ON LETS PUT THINGS RIGHT. ALL OF US!!!
    WE ARE THE ONES TO LEAVE D A IN A BETTER STATE FOR THE FUTURE GENERATION;

  3. Time
    December 15, 2010

    hmm. something not happening how come silver lake miss out on the red clinic by the french prime minister of dominica…

    even hear st.joe come so damm poor under the illegal french man who is heading dominica..

    and layou people so confused they love to inhale the fumes as they say de love the illegal french man….

  4. flawless
    December 15, 2010

    the pm as i can see has dominicans where he wants them,a bunch of fools

  5. a lay man
    December 15, 2010

    give dem jobs p m not hand out stop the talking we all want to c action in silver lake relocate dem and change their name

  6. abdull bayo bois
    December 15, 2010

    you promising to help the poor squatters of silverlake and on de other hand you want to destroy the squatters of marigot… WHAT ARE YOU REALLY ABOUT, DO YOUTHINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

  7. elevator
    December 15, 2010

    hahaha poverty in silver lake wow how much dominica donate to venezuela plz i know you to have to give so there it is

  8. :-)
    December 15, 2010

    All all you doing is ‘calling’ for this and ‘calling’ for that! We need some bleddy action.

  9. Man
    December 15, 2010

    Skerrit go hide yourslef and let Dominica takes matters into their own hand. You are dishonest, fraudulent and a big Liar. You are the ILLEGAL and Shameless PM of DA. You have stolen the office– ‘SA QU Voleaur’

  10. Just giving my two cents
    December 15, 2010

    I agree with that… focus on moving forward and helping those who are most in need, afterall, no child should have to suffer the effects of poverty. The govt should try it’s best to implement programs Social Assistance programs to help those living in poverty.

    All children should have a chance at an education – thus, the chance at a future. I honestly believe that no child should go hungry in Dominica since we have the hlep thy neighbour mentality.

    Poverty is not a crime, it’s a disease

  11. D
    December 15, 2010

    This is a very important issue. With education, not all, but some of the issues with crime and poverty can improve. When people don’t have money and their children have to work therefore dropping out of school, it makes it harder to get jobs or even if they get a job, it’s not enough to support them and in turn they end up selling drugs which leads them in so many other troubles. Poverty causes so many problems and it’s a very crucial issue in Dominica.

  12. Anonymous
    December 15, 2010

    Let’s focus on the issue raised in this article. I don’t support what the PM did, but when DNO publish a story about it then comment on it. This is an entirely different article, and even if you don’t support the PM this is not the right page to vent about it. I think the issue of poverty and education is crucial in Dominica.

  13. DominicaFirst
    December 15, 2010

    Amazing to see not only that the PM know about the Silver Lake community but also is concern about that community. Not that I am a supporter of His political party but I believe that Skerrit has the right intentions for Dominica. however, whenever he is not doing the right thing I will check him, but for now Dominica is looking good in the Region and I just gotta say keep it up Skerrit.
    Only Dominica had a surplus in the region, Nice!

  14. Foreigner
    December 15, 2010

    Where is this Silver Lake located? I understood that it is somewhere not far from Bath Estate. Is it close to Elmsall Estate or Louisville?

    Can one see it on this map? http://tinyurl.com/2a8lse8
    (link to Google Maps)

    Does anyone know how many people live there?

    • abdull bayo bois
      December 15, 2010

      NO ITS NOT ON THE MAP, AND ABOUT 20 TO 30 DRUG DEALERS AND THIEVES, THEY BROKE AND OPEN MY HOUSE 9 TIMES IN ONE YEAR

  15. ZERO
    December 15, 2010

    Mr French Man Silver Lake will always be poor,and by extension Dominicans will always be poor,because you were warned about the culture of laziness that you were creating in the country.You and your cabinets Red Clinic policy had reduced Dominicans to a colony of beggars.People who otherwise had their own dignity they dearly cherished,had to grovel and crawl to you for money to buy bread..Did you provide jobs to these people? They were your sycophants Mr French Man.You refused to teach them how to fish, fearing that they would be enlightened and you would not be able to maintain the status quo..BY THE WAY THE SYMPATHY THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO GET THERE,I AM NOT IN IT..YOU SHOULD DEMIT OFFICE AND GET THE MAXIMUM PENALTY WHICH IS A JAIL SENTENCE FOR BEING AN UNREPENTANT AND UNRELENTING VIOLATOR OF OUR CONSTITUTION..

    • Gen
      December 15, 2010

      So many people in more develop countries cannot find jobs, Do you think every one can find a job in Dominica. Haters like you write stupid comments because you against the Prime Minister.

      • abdull bayo bois
        December 15, 2010

        YOU MY FRIEND ARE IGNORANT

    • ZeroX2
      December 15, 2010

      Truer words have never been spoken!
      Respect ZERO!!

    • Is that so?
      December 15, 2010

      Why don’t you blue mealy bugs take a break?

    • yes i
      December 15, 2010

      u really a zero!

  16. WIKILEAKS
    December 15, 2010

    The loss of French Nationality can be stated by a judge when strict conditions are met: being a French National iure sanguinis but having a permanent resident abroad.

  17. Bob
    December 15, 2010

    Ask not what ur country can do for u but what u can do for ur country .thanks mr. PM.

  18. looking in from the outside
    December 15, 2010

    You mean this is this mayor 4th consecutive term, and is only now he is being advised to focus on the ‘pockets of poverty’ withing the city? I wonder what was his focus for the past terms.
    It is just sad the way we as individuals has allowed politics to divide and conquer us for all the wrong reasons.
    Some serious rain will have to fall to wash this ‘political agenda’ out of all of us. So we can start fresh and clean and help make Dominica a better place for our children and grand children.
    I am not bothered who is leader, as long as the goal is to make life and living conditions better for each and all of us in an honest manner.
    But again,,time will tell.

    • mr. wung futin
      December 16, 2010

      you can see the”picture” better when looking from the outside.I said it already: i wil;say it again.all Politicians need to make an effort to make a change in there action towards Dominica. they need to act from their hearts and not their tounges.Dominica too small in population for such large fertile land to be going through this.The ploiticians and their properganda machines that are holding Dominica down.All of you stop using the people,all these political tug of war, leaves the youtes with low morals, as such violence is there solusion to disputes.

  19. Hey just giving my two cents
    December 15, 2010

    Yes this is the way to go PM and Newly inauguarated Roseau City Council. Sir do not listen to the skeptics. Do what the Lord has directed you to do. One being to alleviate the plight of the poor. I am there with you on this.

    We must continue to pray for the Nations Leaders – Ruling and Opposition alike so together we must push this nation forward. Also pray for the youth and for tolerance for the Nations people.

    • The guard
      December 15, 2010

      This is blasmphemy… What Skerritt is doing has nothing to do with God, remember Lucifer has powers to. How dare you associate these evil deeds of Skerritt with God! They say Dominica has a 84 or 93 literacy rate, but all you cannot think eh, reading and writing is one thing using the brains that God gave all you is another thing… Damn people! THINK for Christsake!! And the red clinic not even functioning again! Maybe he will start it again. he is going to need it to get al you stupid mendecant, non thinking people in check! All you sell Dominica and Skerritt and his thugs for a bowl of rice!

      • mr. wung futin
        December 16, 2010

        these are the big stones in Dominica’s progress.most people speaking with clouded heated emotions,instead of clear understanding.Help D A think befor speaking. :?: :?: :lol:

  20. bro
    December 15, 2010

    YOU AND YOUR MINISTERS MUST ANSWER THE PEOPLE PHONE CALLS SO YOU CAN KNOW WHERE IS POOR AND NEEDS A HELPING HAND

  21. KOKAY THERE
    December 15, 2010

    What a loving PM more you do good for them more they dont like you. But you my PM God has a special place for you my friend.

  22. Anonymous
    December 15, 2010

    This should be the main focus; enhancement of ppl lives and not the petty and gutter politics that is grasping our nation.

    You go PM!!!

  23. Dominican in the BVI
    December 15, 2010

    I love how the PM put’s alot of emphasis on the youth and education of the country.

    • stupes
      December 15, 2010

      he puts emphasis but isnt doing anything… all talk and no action!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • storm
        December 16, 2010

        exactly, emphasis on youth and no job creation or place of recreation. emphais on education and not a new school built in how many years? A classroom with so many children that driving teachers crazy. oh please. we need a change, now.

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