PM Skerrit justifies housing contract for Barbadian firm

Skerrit spoke at a press conference on Tuesday

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has sought to justify the government’s decision to grant a major housing contract to a firm in Barbados in the wake of the passage of Hurricane Maria.

In late November, information emanating from Barbados indicated that the Government of Dominica had awarded precast and construction firm Preconco Limited a contract to assist in the housing reconstruction effort following the hurricane.

However, the news was not welcomed by some, with the Builders and Contractors Association of Dominica (BCAD) issuing an open letter to the Prime Minister to record its concerns about the procurement and the award of the contract. BCAD said the open letter was issued when Skerrit failed to respond to the organization after a letter was delivered to him through the Cabinet Secretary and after several follow up emails. (See the full letter below).

In a press conference on Tuesday, December 19, the Prime Minister laid out the criticisms and concerns as follows;

1. The contract awarded is for the importation of 1,000 prefabricated homes,

2. The contract awarded deprives Dominicans of a significant opportunity for employment

3. The contract awarded deprived Dominicans of a significant opportunity to receive training in key areas across the construction sector which is important for the growth of the sector and the development of young people and our resilience to future natural disasters

4. The contract awarded deprives Dominicans of the ability to supply the raw materials such as sands and stones used in the manufacture of homes as well as other materials and

5. The physical planning division has not approved the construction of the 1,000 homes

6. No information as to the ability of the proposed homes to withstand hurricanes and other natural disasters

According to Skerrit, the government’s response is as follows:

1. “The contract is for the initial importation of 20 homes and not 1,000 homes. These homes will be in Dominica very shortly and from start to finish will have taken just two months to construct, install and complete. The homes are not prefabricated homes. They are pre-cast, pre-stressed, concrete homes built specifically to meet the seismic and wind requirements of our region and offer a safe and attractive home to Dominicans with future benefits which will be outlined at the appropriate time but that have been critiqued and gone over with the Ministry of Housing and the technical personnel.”

2. “Upon the arrival of these homes in Dominica, there will be an immediate benefit to the economy through port fees, hauler fees, crane and equipment rentals and persons working on the various aspects of the construction. In addition, 50 Dominicans have already been employed to help construct these twenty homes and to work and to work on the completion of all the finishing in these homes.”

3. “Following the arrival of the initial 20 homes, the contractor will be establishing a purpose-built precast concrete plant in Dominica to meet the required urgent and long-term housing needs of Dominica as well as to assist with the building of other infrastructure needs for the public and private sectors.”

4. “There will be a handful, meaning five or less, foreign skilled labour employed in the plant and all other employees will be Dominicans.”

5. “This contract will offer Dominicans a unique opportunity to gain skills across the sectors such as electrical engineering, plumbing, welding, steel bending, speciality fabrication works as well as machine operators and other similar skilled and unskilled labour.”

6. “This contract will allow us to train Dominicans to ensure that we have a skilled construction sector and if we must face another hurricane or natural disaster, we can do so knowing we have a labour force which can to help us to rebuild once more.”

7. “All materials which can be sourced locally from Dominica will be sourced in Dominica. This has been a key condition of the contract from the start and all parties are committed to ensuring this goal. To this end, all aggregates, sand, and stones that we produce here in Dominica, and which is some of the best in the world, will be used in the construction of these homes which will be constructed here in Dominica.”

8. “The homes that will be constructed in the plant here in Dominica will be built according to a master plan which will take into account the locations where the homes are needed, the infrastructure these home will need and in accordance with the highest seismic and wind safety requirements for the region so that we are able to create sustainable housing communities which are thoughtfully designed and planned to meet the needs of those communities.”

9. “In total 1,000 homes will be built in order to meet the urgent needs of Dominicans but these homes will be built in Dominica by Dominicans using Dominican raw materials and supplies. In the process of building these homes we will be training a workforce and providing our young people not just with employment opportunities but the skills needed to ensure to ensure we continue to recover from Hurricane Maria and that should we face another hurricane we have the collective skills and resources to rise once more.”

10. “The company contracted to coordinate this work is a Caribbean company with a proven track record. There is no company in Dominica or the Eastern Caribbean with comparable capacity or experience in doing what we need done in the time frame that we need it to be done.”

11. “One thousand homes is but a small component of the housing rebuild effort that will need to embark upon in Dominica if we are to realize our goal of becoming the first climate resilient in the world. Private sector interests in Dominica rather than criticizing the startup of this venture should be actively pooling resources and acquiring the necessary technology and skill set to providing housing solutions of the strength and durability and within the time frame that is required.”

12. “The government of Dominica is keen to have meaningful, constructive dialogue with its social partners but it will not be deterred or distracted by the noises of elements in the society whose professional interests and ambitions maybe mired and marked by partisan political considerations. We have a very serious task at hand and the government welcomes any criticism but his criticism must be constructive and they must be done in the best interest of the citizens.”

Open letter to the Prime Minister below from BCAD.

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87 Comments

  1. Arri Mayers
    December 23, 2017

    I do not know how many other construction companies in the Caribbean, including Dominica, mass produce concrete homes the way that Precono does, but this is the only method around that will see a fast turn over in the rebuilding of homes in Dominica, and homes that will be very much hurricane resistant, and to some extent earthquakes as well.

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 22, 2017

    There is no way, anybody can justify Roosevelt Skerrit who is the government, deciding to bring Barbadian contractors, and people into Dominica to build houses, when there are people in the country who can do the same, and I hope much better.

    Not even you that hypocrite Roosevelt justify that, all you are doing is talking nonsense!

    What Roosevelt has done is similar to a man taking food away from his biological starving hungry children, and give it to the children of someone who are not hungry. This is madness, the man is acting as if there are no one person, contractor who knows how to draw plans, and read blueprints born and living in Dominica.

    And if that’s the case someone need to inform Roosevelt that there are Dominicans who are in Real Estate development in America, building mansions. Contract them!

    Roosevelt humiliates our people, he is putting our people down, he makes us look dumb and inferior!

    • dee
      December 23, 2017

      I just need to ask one question ?
      What Barbadian Firm built the Million dollar mansion in Vielle case?
      ”what Barbadian firm built , de ministry , de treasury , de police head quarters , etc etc .
      I finish .OK

      • dee
        December 23, 2017

        All dem Houses dat survive de hurricane were built by Foreigners i assume ?
        what about those in Wall House , Castle Comfort , Morne Bruce and all over the Island , that survived with minimal damage cant we learn somefing from dem ,
        most of those which survived were built before short cut was a style .
        Lets now face de reality .
        Self inflicted ? yes ?

  3. My name
    December 22, 2017

    Aww Wii. Wickedness that going on in Dominica. And a lot of you taking this nonsense

  4. indira Ghandi
    December 21, 2017

    Yes,i think he can

  5. December 21, 2017

    Boy! boy! boy! what did the Punjab PhD major in again …..-e-ollogy? you leave Dominica unannounced travel to Barbados sign a contract without any tendering nor informing the populace and now you defending “What”? Will someone remind this run-away train and loose canon that he is the servant of the people and not the other way around. While we pay you to lead it’s certainly not at your whims and fancies. And while you are at it could you skerrit please remind us in which of the following country (s) that were severely impacted by category 5 hurricanes did your reputable building company construct the houses which survived those storms.

    • indira Ghandi
      December 21, 2017

      There needs to be an investigation as to the reason why Skerrit keeps giving thise projects to Barbadian companies,
      i suspect he gets his share from it.
      so you mean to tell me no one in Skerrit cabibet can tell him that is not right?
      When will his blind suppirters see????
      Sjerrit really needs to go.

      • Gary
        December 23, 2017

        Investigations are not prompted by what you believe or perceive.The reason why you write such nonsense is that you know so little and make no effort to use your reason, you are solely driven by your political partisan beliefs. The PM will go when the electorate of Dominica decide, not by your wishful thinking.

    • December 22, 2017

      Dominicans pretend they don’t understand what is happening Barbados was a heavy hand in his election remember Harley Henry said how much profit they made during our last election so stop being naïve it’s pay back time so the Barbados people are the winners and that will never be the last contract. wake up my people a New Year will soon be here don’t allow yourselves to be fool any more..

      • Gary
        December 23, 2017

        To suggest that the quote “the Barbados people are the winners and that will never be the last contract.” How do you arrive at such nonsense, how can the people of Barbados be the beneficiary, wow, is this what you want the people of Dominica to wake up to.

        Your conspiracy theory regarding Harley Henry and the people of Barbados is a way of giving solace to your partisan political beliefs, you must remember, facts does not cease to exist simply because you take solace in the conspiracy theory you outlined.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 22, 2017

      Gabriel, Roosevelt do not have a degree in anything you!

      The man have not  graduated from any college, or university, he went to Punjab in India, and paid almost a hundred thousand dollars for an honorary degree which is nothing more than a useless bit of paper, if the time comes where Roosevelt have to write a Resume to get  a job he cannot reference, or make mention of his Punjab doctorate.

      He cannot even introduce himself to anyone as Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit! Hence no one is obligated to address Roosevelt as Dr. Skerrit. Only the puppets in his Cabal does that!

      His name and title is: That mountain Chicken Carpaud (crapo) Mentality Sir Knight Dr. Punjab Indian doctor of nothing Ali Baba Roosevelt Skerrit. Now if you know what was the profession of Ali Baba that is Roosevelt Skerrit! Guy there is a reason why Roosevelt gives these contracts to the Barbadians.

      Sorry, I cannot say I don’t want them to sue; there is an ulterior motive behind such contracts! 

      • Gary
        December 23, 2017

        To marginalize someone and then at the end say quote “Sorry, I cannot say I don’t want them to sue; there is an ulterior motive behind such contracts” I always know you are fake, you just got big mouth, so long.

      • Arri Mayers
        December 23, 2017

        Many a successful man in the great United States of America do not possess a degree never mind a Doctorate.

  6. Laplaine Obsever
    December 21, 2017

    Why is the Prime Minister so insistence on giving major construction contracts to Barbadian companies instead of Dominican companies? With Dominica having the 3rd highest unemployment rate in the Caribbean, how can he in good faith justify his actions. I simply cannot see his rationale for doing this. Very incompetent leadership.

    • 4Eva tru
      December 21, 2017

      Cause you all to slow and have no finishing touches

  7. Jonathan Y St Jean
    December 21, 2017

    Isn’t it ironic that Skerritt who is reported in the Barbados Today newspaper to suggest that Caricom heads issue their own black list of EU countries because he is unhappy about the so called highhanded manner in which these rich and powerful nation’s impose criteria on little Caribbean countries without or before consultation, imagine that the same Skerritt goes and issues a contract to a firm from Barbados to build homes in Dominica without public tender or notice to the country before nor after the contract is issued.Thanks to the consortium of contractors and builders in the country raising the issue as highhanded and dictatorial,that now Skerritt finds it fit to try and degrade them as unpatriotic.I guess what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.Skerritt has acted as if Dominica is his private estate and we are his labourers.He goes overseas and enters into agreements on the behalf of the country and we only find out after.Things were never done like this before.

  8. Man Bite dogs
    December 21, 2017

    It does not matter what you little idiotic moggots says about Mr Pm Skerrit the majority of Dominicans and the world love him and he will be the best person for the future of Dominica on till we say otherwise, I have noticed Workers mental problems party has quite a lot of Bush doctor this and that they got after 4wks in the US none of which worthy of the paper it’s written on, And please be aware you so-called Workers party lots will not be back to give us hard times like last time we will never forget or forgive you guys did to Dominica and still doing this very day like today :twisted:…..

    • HAVING AN ANGELO AND ARONDEL GROS PWEL
      December 21, 2017

      mental illness is for all. not one set. careful what you profess

    • Freelance
      December 27, 2017

      Well if we Dominicans and the world love so much then asked him to free up DBS radio so that Lennox and others have equal access and tell him don’t be afraid to clean up and reform the voters list. Then and only then you will see how dog really biting man.

  9. Man bite dogs
    December 21, 2017

    I agree with the with the Prime minister give the contract to those who have better experience in building much stronger and better quality homes for the nation take a good look at what the hurricane did to our homes build by Dominican so – called building contractors, And you Maggots out their giving Mr Skerrit and his government maypee you lots want to get a life and also take a long good look at the world you live in and also get that monkey off your backs.

    • December 21, 2017

      I don’t know why some of you false prophets don’t stop hiding behind those fake names “man bite god” if you so true to the cause; your limited intellectual capacity is manifested in your response which by the way reminds me that you must either be from the, Planet of the Apes or first cousin of a jack——-…

      • Man Bite dogs
        December 21, 2017

        @ Gabriel, you speak for your self little toe rag like the rest of you lots low life workers mental idiotic supporters. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

      • December 21, 2017

        my thought exactly, if u are so proud of your comment why hide behind a fake name

      • indira Ghandi
        December 21, 2017

        I like this response!mr Gabriel.
        These people have no idea how stupid and illeterate they sound.
        They have no suggestion,no opinion but to say how much they love their pm.
        There are those who love the devil too

  10. Truth be Told
    December 21, 2017

    We have become a non-functional State. All that we are is now Skerrit! We are what he thinks. We are what he says. We are what he does. I remember when we were Dominicans. I remember when we had politicians who stood up to their own party and political leader to stand for right and stop the wrong. Where has that Dominica gone? How many years now as PM, with more money than PJ, Eugenia, or Eddison, could ever have to develop Dominica. Yet, what have we achieved in the past 15 to 20 years of Labour party rule? With all that CBI money they did little things and clapped themselves on the back. Now that Dominica is broken and they have less money they are promising bigger, better, stronger. I am waiting to see this magical development done in the next 5 years with less money, than we achieved in the past good years when we had more money from CBI! Are we fools? Everyone repeating the mantra, bigger, better, stronger, we will rebuild, but you could not do that in the past twenty years?!

  11. Shameless
    December 20, 2017

    What a country, what a people, oh what a PM! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

    Why are we DUMBINICANS continuing to let this man and his gang abuse us in our times of need. There is absolutely no reason why a Dominican company cannot undertake this project while subcontracting to others. There is something called factoring and I am sure the banks in Dominica will support / finance one of our own especially if the government guarantee’ their money. Sending our money to foreign lands is just not right. Why do we continue to believe that only foreign things that does not have “dominican” on it are good? Mental slavery or bool in high daylight? SMFH

    Assertive like LL! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • indira Ghandi
      December 21, 2017

      That same Skerrit telling people when they get their i surance money do not go and put it in another country but to invest it here in Dominica. But he thinks he is master of all and wants to take the country’s money and put it in Barbados.
      Do you think we are all as dumb as your blind supporters????

  12. Real!!!!
    December 20, 2017

    The concern is why is this PM hell bent on giving all these work to OUTSIDE construction companies while those in Dominica has the capacity to do the job.

    1. Does it allow for easy kickback money scheme to those involved?????

    2. Is the PM using outside companies to fleece the revenue of the state for his benefit????

    These are just questions……SMH

    • dee
      December 21, 2017

      Suck allu SALT now
      I getting out of this place for true .
      EVACUATING, I dow want to see what coming next , I gone .
      I cannot take that one man show anymore.
      No tendering, no nofing ; he deciding ” i giving what i want to who i want , when i want ,
      well well well , one fing i sure of, he can give Dominica away if he want , but de Atlantic Ocean and de Caribbean sea will always be there when i decide to come back just for a swim . A Las Bonjai.

    • Gary
      December 21, 2017

      Stop your nonsense, there is a difference between asking questions and making assumptions, the latter is what you are doing, making assumptions.Why make such silly assumptions without facts. You just saying such thing does not make it true.

    • December 21, 2017

      because the populace allows him to

  13. Progress
    December 20, 2017

    PM Skerrit give your contract to who the Hell you want. It is none of their business, they will still vote you cause they love their PM. Good for Dominicans. When elections comes around, get your diaspora, give them a few goodies and you good to go

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      December 21, 2017

      @Progress,do you realize how dohtish you sound, exhorting Skerritt to ” give your contact to who you want”.One would have thought that with more exposure to more of the modern world that more people would have better insight as to how stable, progressive countries conduct government business but alas how can we have Dominica go backwards, it’s with the encouragement of persons like you.Shame on you man

      • indira Ghandi
        December 21, 2017

        What about all those diaspora people that had come down to vote?
        If you all so love and so care about the country,you all should buy your own tickets now,
        push your hands in your pocket,pay for your ticket,take a few weeks off you job and co e and help clean and rebuild the country.
        Is freeniss all you like.
        we waiting for all you from Houston,Boston,Nashville,Atlanta,NewYork,New Jersey,
        Antigua,StMaarteen,St Thomas, St Croix.
        Come and help us to rebuild
        Thank you for the ration but that will not rebuild the country.
        Come enjoy the darkness and the river bath.

  14. ben
    December 20, 2017

    So Dominicans are allowing one man to bring the Country to its knees , what a SHAME

    • 4Eva tru
      December 21, 2017

      Looters brought dominica to it knees

    • indira Ghandi
      December 22, 2017

      I am truly sorry for Dominica
      may God deluver this country from the hands of it’s oppressors.
      Accorcing to our very own poet
      “IF DOMINICA COULD TALK”

  15. Music Producer
    December 20, 2017

    Allu need to understand this…share holders are in charge of Dominica. Scare-it is just on a string doing bidding for the shareholders. Doom-inica is the Africa of the Caribbean; being exploited for its riches – agriculture, forestry, stones, sand, soil, water, almost free labor…only to satisfy the appetite of a few Hench- men. Allu need to put on the thinking caps. stop sleeping wide awake!

    • zandoli
      December 20, 2017

      If Dominica has such riches what is stopping you from cashing in?

      • RastarMarn
        December 20, 2017

        Because the few Hench-Men Controlling and manipulating the processes,,,

        It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out when One passes and sees all the Millions of dollars invested in the Extracting and exportation of aggregate materials from those quarries located along the coast, north and south of the island,,,

        Arabia have Oil Dominica Have Soil!!!

        Those fellows then transport and make massive profits from sales and for which they pay no Value Added Tax for the value they added to the crushed Stone, and washed Sand they excavate from the Nature Island,,,

        How is it these guys have been doing this for years and no One is saying anything about it,,,

    • Dominican Passports
      December 20, 2017

      Is it Dumbnica or Doominica? I’m confused :lol:

    • Gary
      December 23, 2017

      Why would you want us to understand something that is of your irrational imagination. When you say that Dominica is like Africa of The Caribbean in terms of abundant natural resources and is being exploited is somewhat ludicrous. Agriculture in Dominica is all done by local small framers, we do not have a forestry Industry, most of the forest in Dominica is designated National Parks.There are 2 locally owned companies mining and exporting crushed stones, There are no Companies or industry mining sand or soil in Dominica. There is no major company exporting water from Dominica. What are you talking about free labour,do you have evidence to support such thing.

      You are calling on Dominicans to put on their thinking caps and you are not setting the example of doing such thing, do you know how silly you sound, so long for your irrational imagination.

  16. Ibo France
    December 20, 2017

    Read between the lines carefully and one would get a true picture of Mr. Skerrit’s assessment of Dominicans. He has very little confidence in their ability and creativity to handle major infrastructural projects. He has megalomaniacal tendencies. To arbitrarily give that contract to a foreign entity, when Dominicans are very much capable of delivering this project, is simply mind boggling. From his utterances, non-inclusion of stakeholders in consultations of public affairs, I have to conclude that this man is just self absorbed, he does not care about the best interest of the people.

    • 4Eva tru
      December 20, 2017

      Explain how he’s not and pls give an advise. Don’t be like the rest of them fools and just talk and type cause you can give a solution. Pls.

    • Gary
      December 21, 2017

      You are asking readers on DNO to read between the lines and they would get the true picture of The PM, well why can you do the same. Do you think you are honestly painting a true picture of The PM with the assumptions you make. Are you a Psychiatrist or Psychologists to suggest that The PM has megalomaniacal tendencies.To suggest that The PM
      arbitrarily give that contract to a foreign entity is ludicrous, do you know what it is to arbitrarily give someone something, wow. How can The PM arbitrarily
      give such contract,where is you rational thinking to suggest such nonsence.You political patisan beliefts has hijacked your rational mind, very sad indeed, so long for your foolishness.

  17. Massacre
    December 20, 2017

    The main questions is , Where will all the underhanded money go? All the travelling Skerro is doing since the hurricane is to make under handed deals with shady characters in which lots of poor Dominicans money will be diverted in to banks in far away lands.
    What else Dominicans waiting for to see that Skerro and his hench men do not care about our future? Will it take Dominica filling for bankruptcy? Or for Skerro to run away in the middle of the night?
    Meritocracy of our leaders is killing Dominica slowly.
    I pray that God put a Hand to save my lovely country from these Midnight walkers.

    • DM
      December 20, 2017

      “The main questions is , Where will all the underhanded money go? All the travelling Skerro is doing since the hurricane is to make under handed deals with shady characters in which lots of poor Dominicans money will be diverted in to banks in far away lands.”

      How do you know all this, do have any concrete proof?

      • Me
        December 20, 2017

        Do you have concrete evidence to the contrary?

      • RastarMarn
        December 20, 2017

        Because a leopard cannot change the dots on its hide,,,

        Mista introduction into the political arena was questionable and his actions and speeches are evidence that No One should believe anything he says,,,

        Actions my Brother by their Actions you shall know them,,,

    • Me
      December 20, 2017

      Hmm, wonder who is the commission agent for this contract??

      • Gary
        December 23, 2017

        Do you know what it is to wonder. If you catch your self-wondering it means you are creating an illusion, keep wondering.

      • Me
        December 23, 2017

        Could it possibly be a company in which our PM has an interest?

  18. Roger Burnett
    December 20, 2017

    Assuming that the homes are relatively small scale and detached, hence short structural spans, I am curious as to the need for prestressed concrete, as against reinforced concrete.

    It would be good to see a photograph of one of the actual homes designated for Dominica.

  19. Camillo 10Ofuegos
    December 20, 2017

    What an embarrassment. Does not even know what is a prefabricated structure.

  20. Anonymous
    December 20, 2017

    What happened to the 1,000 petro casas that government was going to buy from Venezuela as reported by Vibes and DNO on 16 &17 June 2016 respectively?

  21. Dominican
    December 20, 2017

    Whom are these homes intended for and how will they pay for them?

    • 4Eva tru
      December 20, 2017

      For the ones that can’t afford a home. GOSH MAN.

      • Anonymous
        December 21, 2017

        Listen pal, would your hero Skerrit go and live in one these pre-stressed concrete houses? Heould probably tell you Togo to hell and heis stressed enough already.

  22. dissident
    December 20, 2017

    No excuses!
    You don’t love us!
    lover of fame and dollars
    I don’t need your tarpaulin to give you a vote……. even though you come on your knees I will still reject you.

    Good riddance!!!!!!

    • 4Eva tru
      December 20, 2017

      Jesus the creator was rejected so i dont think skerite care if you rejected him. It’s human nature to reject what’s good. Lol so funny i love telling plp that when they say they don’t like me. To see their expression on their face.

      • Anonymous
        December 21, 2017

        Don’t be blasphemous and compare A devil with JEsus Christ. Skerrit is not Jesus, far from it.

      • Paul Rossnof
        December 21, 2017

        Why on one side do you mention Jesus and on the other side stick with evil?! Answer: HYPOCRISY. But that’s what you Labour supporters is all about.

  23. A. George
    December 20, 2017

    Has BCAD offered any training to Dominicans? Curious to know?

  24. Jacinta
    December 20, 2017

    P.M U look exhausted, hope you have a merry Christmas u and
    your family. We know that you are working very hard to make our country greater than before, but please take care of yourself, we love you.

  25. Tall is her body
    December 20, 2017

    Housing projects look alike dose something to a people’s minds, look around the world and see what housing projects look alike dose too the people who lives in it… Its not a good idea.

    • my D/A
      December 20, 2017

      you don’t need a home right now so you could say that.

    • Roger Burnett
      December 20, 2017

      You have a very valid point and I trust that the PM will accept it as “constructive criticism”.

      • Gary
        December 21, 2017

        Wow, what is constructive about this criticism, tell me, and why should The PM accept it.

    • Gary
      December 21, 2017

      Are you an Urban Planner or Sociologist. To suggest that Housing projects that look alike does something to a people’s mind is somewhat irrational thinking on your part, it’s not the look-alike that does something to people’s mind assuming you are making a reference to the housing projects built North American Cites. When you say such thing is not a good idea, do you know how silly you are, what is the alternative, do you have one. Do you know what it is to be homeless and suddenly you are provided with a home. If the roles were reversed and the UWP was building such project would you write such comment, such a cheap opinion.

  26. Paul Rossnof
    December 20, 2017

    Pointless asking him any questions because the answers are always lies and he is always right. The main reasons him getting away with that for so long is the absence of a workable opposition, a total lack of parliament sessions and the general apathy by most Dominican voters. We can’t continue let him get away with this style of governance because it will end in total dictatorship. He is happy to keep Dominicans unemployed because that we he can control them better as they depend on his mercy in form of social housing, red clinic payments and election gifts.

    • December 20, 2017

      Dominica has its very own Trump.

    • Gary
      December 21, 2017

      Sometimes I’m amazed by the nonsense you write.To suggest that The PM is happy to keep Dominicans unemployed because he can control them better as they depend on his mercy in form of social housing, red clinic payments, and election gifts. I wonder if you think, you tell me, show me a Government or politician who conspire to keep the populace unemployed and remain in power. Governments do not control people in the form of social housing and elections gifts or handouts.Your punny mind will not understand the sinister and covert ways Governments and Politicians use to control people.

      It’s pointless to ask the PM questions because you suggest he lies, but you can come on DNO and make ludicrous assumptions not based on facts and believe you are speaking the truth. I told you before the things you are saying does not help your cause regarding what you want for Dominica.

      • Paul Rossnof
        December 21, 2017

        You are just a fanatic supporter, pointless getting involved with you. One can not reason with fanatics… I have proofed you wrong before but you still pretend you know it all. Or, come to think of it, you must be on his playlist. Poor individual!!

      • Anonymous
        December 21, 2017

        So Gary of the superior intellect, please explain to us simple people the covert ways government controls people. Thank you.

      • Gary
        December 22, 2017

        Why do you call me a fanatic simply because I debunk the things you say. You write comments on a daily basis criticizing and making allegations with no facts and evidence, you express your political beliefs not based on reason but assumptions, are you not displaying a treat of someone that can be described as a political fanatic.

        I will tell you this I ‘m not on the playlist of any politician, again it’s an assumption you are making. Have I mentioned that you are on the playlist of Linton or The UWP, it does not matter to me who you support, what matters is the things you keep saying on a daily basis as though it’s true, that’s the problem I have with you. Happy holidays.

      • Freelance
        December 27, 2017

        But Gary you have not mentioned or counter argue what keeps skerritt in power. It sure can’t be people empowerment because most people are either unemployed an or underemployed so they become subservient. It can’t be popularity among the people based on free and fair elections because he refuses to clean up the electoral process after 10 years plus. It can’t be based on a buoyant and strong economy for all indicators point to the worst performing economy in the OECS. It can’t be on a strong private sector and on an independent people because we have no bill gates no tiger woods no bolt . So my friend w h at keeps him in power if not a dependency culture based on deceit strategically design by him and his cohort his inner circle

  27. Florida Diaspora
    December 20, 2017

    Off course it’s justifiable. I mean come on, as long as is lord skeritt that make a decision it always right.
    His advisors are useless or maybe he don’t take heed to their advice or maybe his advisors are as drunk and delusional as he is on maybe his advisor is satan. I mean how more dumb can you get? In contrast, how many Bajaj projects are handed down to Dominicans? Lol!!! Always knew that the bridge was the first of many. Skeritt is the only prototype human I know of that was fitted with a donkey brain

    • Man Bite dogs
      December 21, 2017

      Floridia Diaspora, You calling Pm Skerrit all sorts of nasty names, That is why you will always be a :Skonk….

    • Gary
      December 21, 2017

      Do know what it is to have a donkey brain, wow. Can someone with a donkey brain address The UN on climate change and have the backing of Leaders and Countries in the world. Can someone with a donkey brain convince The UN General Secretary to visit his country to see first hand the destruction of hurricane Maria. Can someone with a donkey brain invited as a panelist to a major conference in France to talk about climate change. Do you think a crew from RT America would fly all the way from Russia to interview someone with a donkey brain, pity your stupidity.

      • indira Ghandi
        December 21, 2017

        Yes,i think he can

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