Social regeneration the challenge in Dominica after Maria says PM Skerrit

PM Skerrit said the challenge is not one of physical renewal but of social regeneration. File photo

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that the challenge in Dominica after Hurricane Maria is not one of physical renewal but of social regeneration.

He made that statement while addressing the Caribbean Theology Today Conference in Suriname on Thursday.

“Our challenge is not one of physical renewal but of social regeneration,” he said. “It’s a challenge that asks what are the needs of a moral character of a nation? What are its fundamental beliefs, culture and education?”

According to Skerrit his government’s plans are and will continue to be rooted in environmental and ecological sustainability.

“We have protected our forests and our oceans and we must not relax that duty in search of easy solutions,” he stated.

Skerrit stated that Dominicans have stood up and stepped up following Hurricane Maria and the island will play its part in building global resilience.

“We did not contribute to climate change, but we will play our part in building global resilience,” he remarked. “To be the first climate resilience nation in the world is to learn from missteps.”

He also mentioned that his government is committed to helping its Caribbean brothers and sisters reach resilience faster, “by learning from our journey.”

“Today the Commonwealth of Dominica commits to launching CREED [Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica] in a box,” he explained. “It will be a digital space to access our climate resilient national plan and background papers…honest reviews of do’s and don’ts from our officials.”

He continued, “Those who suffer the consequences of climate change must not tolerate the failure of conscience and responsibility from those who have created it.”

Skerrit called on all to pray for the safety of the Caribbean nations this Hurricane season.

Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria last September.

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42 Comments

  1. bigger
    June 18, 2018

    Oh please tell me where was Linton’s children born? certainly not Dominica. They don’t live in Marigot and yet still he manage to secure two scholarships which was meant for Marigot for his two children. Can’t you see Linton is all about ME(himself)

  2. Anonymous
    June 17, 2018

    I wondered why they use a file photo for these releases but when I saw a picture of Roosevelt Skerrit in Suriname last week, when he visited the central market in Paramaribo with President Bouterse I realised why. He does not resemble the file photo very much and looks unwell and bloated. The picture is dated 12 June, last week and you can see it on publieknieuws.com/2018/06. We should be told the unvarnished truth. After all, he is our P.M.

  3. RasB
    June 17, 2018

    Should ‘CREED’ not be ‘CREAD’? What does the second ‘E’ represent? Just wondering.

  4. Man enough
    June 16, 2018

    Credit to the PM for his lovely speech during the Caribbean Theological Conference in Surinam. The Climate resilience country that we can build in Dominica must be dealt with systematically. First of all, the PM needs to monitor n get rid of all those who are building some plywood houses n some cheap rip off houses for Dominicans although the money is given for top class houses. The mental games played by such rogues frustrate the poor and needy in Dominica. The PM must get rid of all those who make bobool n confusion with the state’s money. The PM must public rebuke n chastise those who work against his ideals n goals for a better Dominica, by helping their friends n family but making people suffer.. In all circles, village councils, comumity groups, contractors or builders n those in authority. PM set the people free. Free up the lil man… Hold those in authority accountable. You must fire the bad eggs.. Publicly make examples, during your leadership you have stomach to much

    • viewsexpressed
      June 17, 2018

      LOL…LOL…LOL….what a big laughing out Loud. Anything to promote this failed PM. He must Go…
      “………must be dealt with systematically…..” The first person that PM must deal with is the PM…himself. He must Go and now.

      Man enough….I concur with your statement…here it is: ” The PM must get rid of all those who make bobol a confusion with the state’s money. The PM must publicly rebuke and chastise those who work against his ideals n goals for a better Dominica, by helping their friends n family but making people suffer.
      Someone must take responsibility for this nonsense going in Domininca with the abuse of states funds?? We are concerned. And we want our nature Isle back. this corrupt Labour government must go……

  5. spoon
    June 15, 2018

    you and your team never had any plan to develop this country you have failed in all aspects of nation building what ashame

  6. Day massive
    June 15, 2018

    Maybe all you ignorant people should try to be the prime minister of Dominica ,let’s see how that works stupid people instead of coming together as one and pray for a better DA, just remember word’s can heal or break.too much negative minds

    • Paul Rossnof
      June 17, 2018

      Fool, anybody could do a better job than this one.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 17, 2018

      Day Massive, we will take your challenge and we hope you will vote for this alternative government and will prove to you that better can be done. there will no Red Clinic….no bobol…we will do an audit of the Bobols taking place. so we take your advice and you join to help get it going by kicking out Skerrit and his corrupt Labour government.

  7. meka
    June 15, 2018

    Same old rigmarole , what else is new

  8. Sparta
    June 15, 2018

    Social regeneration: A process of tackling the social problems that lead to deprivation, such as crime and drugs. The process is different from physical regeneration, which tackles run-down buildings and communal areas, and economic regeneration, which is aimed at creating jobs and wealth. According to Mr. Skerrit, his government’s plans are and will continue to be rooted in environmental and ecological sustainability. Yet, at the same time, he uses social generation to emphasize morality? Are you telling us that apples are mangoes because they are both fruits? Who is writing your speeches Mr. Skerrit? All communication directors are not speech writers. Please read and understand your speech before you come begayaing and marmotaying words. Some of us Dominicans are very smart. This is so seriously flawed.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 17, 2018

      “Please read and understand your speech before you come begayaing and marmotaying words. “Please be advised that Skerrit is not at that level. Be guided accordingly…
      Hon Linton and his Team are way pass that level, but the Labour Party group are politically illiterate and the unfortunate thing is that these blind supporters like this “Kid”, are so blind that they don’t realised how disgusting their silly behaviour and blind loyalty is.

  9. UKDominican
    June 15, 2018

    I am informed that the local Suriname news medium “Starnieuws” of 11 June published an announcement that Roosevelt Skerrit would pay a high-level visit to Suriname till 15 June, accompanied by three other Dominica government officials: the director of Climate change, the director of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries and the director of Forestry. the report does not mention the names of these officials.

    • Dominican
      June 17, 2018

      According to Vibes the other members of the delegation were Joseph Isaac, Reginald Thomas and Minchjinton Burton. Apparently also present was mr. Skerrit’s personal security officer , sergeant Michael Sebastion.

  10. LaPlaine Observer
    June 15, 2018

    The PM keeps talking about climate resilient houses, but just look at the quality of houses that are being built by the Government. How can these homes be climate resilient when they would not withstand a category 2 hurricane? You can fool your RED CLINIC recipients, but not intellectual Dominicans.

    • Neville
      June 16, 2018

      By now everybody in Dominica should know that Skerrit is all about talk and that’s it. How the electorate of Dominica granted this man 18 years in office is beyond me. Doesn’t say much about them, does it!

  11. Stubborn Facts
    June 15, 2018

    Cinderella keeps blaming Maria and Erica for things he and his boys did to destroy everything in Dominica. That Cinderella pm just keeps talking nonsense

  12. Dominica fails
    June 15, 2018

    Smh, at this point I even feeling sorry for crooked skerro, not even he knows what to do with dumbnicans at this point :roll: “Social regeneration”

  13. Ibo France
    June 15, 2018

    A country takes on the tone of its leader. Dominicans practise tribal politics, which the leader, by words and by actions, adheres to. How can there be social regeneration when the leader is an inveterate liar, a masterful manipulator, and a chronically immoral and unethical character. This is a man who fabricated a scandal about a coup d’état then weaponised the police force to intimidate, harass and arrest innocent people of the opposition. For such a serious crime, not one person has been directly charged for attempting to overthrow a lawfully elected government. This guy has taken lying to unprecedented levels. He lies so often that he now believes his own lies. The country presently is in dire straits. It will take an honest, magnanimous, humble, visionary, charismatic, and unifying personality to truly resurrect Dominica from its present abysmal state. Skerrit does not possess these innate qualities to revitalize the country. He should be given his marching orders.

  14. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 15, 2018

    There is a time and place for everything; the forum where Roosevelt read the garbage written for him by someone, only made him looked stupid! Let us think in therms of “social regeneration” which is simply a process dealing with social problems which leads to deprivation, such as crime drugs.

    That  process  is different to physical regeneration which concerns the body when we are asleep has a chance to renew itself; so that proves Roosevelt did not know what he was babbling about!

    Whether or not Roosevelt knew what he was reading, that is not the place for such argument, if he wish to deal with the issues which causes deprivation in Dominica; that is a local issue which may not concern anybody within the reach of Roosevelt’s voice in Suriname.

    Roosevelt should realize by now the reason for the high volume of crime in Dominica, is one (100%) hundred percent due to the lack  of employment opportunities, which he caused over the eighteen years he is puss-footing as prime…

  15. Paul George
    June 15, 2018

    All I keep hearing is climate resilience this, climate resilience that. I have not seen any plans in place as to when the government will start building “climate resilience” structures, homes, businesses. Many homes on the west and east coast lines are exposed the storm surges that can reach over 15 feet. Strict Building codes, regulations, guidelines needs to be put on the table when rebuilding new homes. Those who live near rivers in which water level rises during heavy rainfall need to be protected. The government should implement a mandatory evacuation plan in place during a 48hours of storm/hurricane warning. Survey the different areas where landslides are frequent and have plans in place to evacuate the area of villages that are most affected. Hurricane season is now upon us, and we can talk about climate resilience all day, but if we don’t have a plan in place for this hurricane season, we’ll be in trouble. Be Proactive! Learn from the tragedies, Our Leaders need to Lead…

  16. KID ON THE BLOCK
    June 15, 2018

    LifeandDeath and viewsexpressed, Why are you both so desperate: why all that anger and hate? Have you both sat for a moment and think of how silly you are for not wanting anything good for your country just because of your hatred for one MAN? WHY ARE YOU SO NARROW MINDED. Be real,
    Comparing Skerrit and Lennox is like Day and Night. Lennox is a BLAJER. He is like an empty barrel; an impressionist; lazy to the core. Trouble maker, LIAR and TRAITOR. Skerrit is quite the opposite. The international WORLD respects Skerrit for his great ability to handle and manage business for the country and the people and that’s what have you Haters crazy. What is Lennox known for other than causing trouble, LIE and make you pay monies to the court for his tongue. An OPPOSITION LEADER know to have the most cases in the court for his irresponsible behavior; Are you guys for real?

    • Ibo France
      June 15, 2018

      KID, you are accusing people of exactly what you practice and portray. Your accusatory statements about others clearly show that you are the epitome of hypocrisy. You perpetually accuse the leader of the parliamentary opposition of unethical stuff and unimaginable wrongdoings. Isn’t that hate? You always shower the PM with praise and never criticize him as if he is infallible. Even in the face of blatant falsehoods and wrongdoings you continue to heap accolades on this man ( Red Clinic, the Coup, International & Regional Passport Scandals) and I could go on ad nauseam. Take the gravel stones out of your eyes before you can take the tiny speck of dust from somebody else’s eye. You give Mr. Skerrit cult-like worship when he fully deserves our collective scorn for making life in Dominica hell on earth. Skerrit’s legacy: hungry babies, malnourished children, unemployed adults, poverty-stricken public servants, crumpling infrastructure, tribal politics, ubiquitous corruption.

      • KID ON THE BLOCK
        June 15, 2018

        Ibo, I’ve never implied that the PM is infallible. No man is perfect. I shower both the PM and the leader of the opposition by what I see, hear and know of them. So too, you are doing likewise of them. I have not accused Lennox of anything that you don;t know of. Have you ever once praise the PM for anything? You all accuse the PM for everything and when ask to provide the evidence you and the rest like you have nothing to show. The hell you made mention of was formed by the UWP government when they left office. Today you and your likes are blaming the PM FOR YOUR CREATION AND WRONGS. It was a member of Lennox party who said he was too fed up with that kind of Tribal politics that he Lennox was engaged with that is why he left the UWP and cross over.

      • Ibo France
        June 17, 2018

        Personally, I want to wish Mr. Skerrit well . Politically, I wish to see his permanent extinction from the political landscape of Dominica. Why, you may ask. The reasons are most conspicuous. The PM is intolerant of even constructive criticisms, severely dishonest, lacks vision, uncaring , narcissistic, inarticulate, easily ruffled, and fake like a 3cent coin. After eighteen years of DLP unbroken governance, Dominica is wallowing in squalor. The leadership has failed miserably. It’s time to try something more innovative, visionary and authentic. All the DLP does is to win elections by renting planeloads of overseas voters. Too many people are living precariously on the fringe of society because of the harmful and devastating policies of the Skerrit’s regime. It’s time to loose the stranglehold that this destructive ,DLP administration has on Dominicans. Then the people can all shout in unison, “Free at last, Free at last, thank Almighty God, we are free at last.”

    • LifeandDeath
      June 15, 2018

      ok, I now understand what Hate you talking about and further, I leave you with yet another piece of advise. Research Stocholm Syndrome, maybe you will wake up.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 15, 2018

      This nonsense this Kid on the Block wrote, he has received so far 13 Dislikes and there will be one Dislikes to come. That one (1) “Like” maybe his own tick or a family member or a blind labour Loyalist or Skerritite like him.
      Skerrit must Go. He has failed us

    • viewsexpressed
      June 16, 2018

      There we go again with a Kid on the Block with his nonsense. I will no ore but that the people do not recognise his thoughts and comments. It is just not in the psychic of Dominicans who wish to get this failed M out of office. Kid be reminded ,,,,,,You have received only 5 Likes and 33 Dislikes. You get the message?

      Mr Kid, please wake and smell the coffee.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 17, 2018

      This Kid is reducing in common sense, of no value, putting it bluntly. He has gained “36” Dislikes and “5” Likes. What a castatrophy. You are going forward in reverse gear Kid, grow up , get away from Skerrit , he is not sufficiently literate to lecture you .

    • viewsexpressed
      June 17, 2018

      Kid on the Block, whoever you are in this state of sad affairs, your “Dislikes” are growing very fast. This last silly “disliked” comment of yours has reached to “36” and counting and rising. The more your write BS the more we the people will dislike your silly comments and thoughts and blind loyalty. You are a Dominican we respect you, so this is not personal, but for inept Skerrit and his corrupt Labour government you are sacrificing and exposing yourself while these guys live happily. Stop doing their dirty work.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 17, 2018

      Kid on the Block,…Here is your latest Ratings…….Disliked 37…Liked 5…must be Skerrit and his family. Poor fella. You opinions are not worth it…we read between the lines…wake up smell the coffee.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 17, 2018

      “Why are you both so desperate: why all that anger and hate? Have you both sat for a moment and think of how silly you are for not wanting anything good for your country just because of your hatred for one MAN? WHY ARE YOU SO NARROW MINDED. Be real,”

      Kid, the child that you are, wake up, go get an adult to help you comprehend the bigger picture and also to assist you in analytical term not personal boyish, ohhhh sorry “£Kid” language and thoughts

    • viewsexpressed
      June 17, 2018

      Kid, please explain this nonsense you write|? Did your inept Skerrit or one of the corrupt gang draft this for you.?” Read your nonsense over:” Why are you both so desperate: why all that anger and hate? Have you both sat for a moment and think of how silly you are for not wanting anything good for your country just because of your hatred for one MAN? WHY ARE YOU SO NARROW MINDED. Be real”
      Why are we desperate, because our island is ailing and growing deeper into poverty. There are no jobs, no development taking place, only BS talk. We don’t have time to hate Skerrit, he is already doing a good job in staining himself and his reputation, while you and others are blind loyalist protecting his nonsense as he goes deeper into oblivion, meaning his reputation is stained. We above in the upper offices have tried with other top civil servants and also business people, but Skerrit is too far gone and he is taking Dominica down with him, while the clowns like Tony in a LOL. Wake up…

    • viewsexpressed
      June 18, 2018

      Kid on the Bock….your ratings stands now at Dislike 50 and Like %. Guess the likes are from PM`s office and your immediate famiy, if really true!!?? You are not getting any better. This is just an update on the event that you are in denial of the reality of your false and blind loyalty to a failed and inept PM and the corrupt Labour government.
      Just to remind, Skerrit is a Novice and has not demonstrated that he is an intellectual. Hon Linton, stands on his own and is a reginal and international consultant and radio broadcaster having work with in the Caribbean for sometime. Kid, what has Skerrit done that has been honourable without any doubt.??

      • KID ON THE BLOCK
        June 18, 2018

        viewsexpressed, Rating on this (DNO) site means nothing. I have no interest in the number of likes or dislikes. I am here for the THRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH.
        Let’s leave ALL the rating for election day. When the polls are counted we shall know who likes and who dislikes.

  17. Dan the American
    June 15, 2018

    I can’t believe I might actually agree with PM Skerrit about anything.
    Let’s see if he carries through with this.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 15, 2018

      You agree with him because you cannot identity nonsense when you read it!

      Roosevelt did not write that nonsense he read: try to use your scholastic and define social regeneration, and physical renewal and decide if that was the appropriate subject to present to a bunch of theologians (preachers) or ministers of religion!

      When we support the  nonsense Roosevelt spew that only strengthens his useless, reckless ability to deal with any significant matter in the country. He stated not too long ago ” he want the same for the people of Dominica children, as he want for his own children,” and the people clapped and shout.

      Nevertheless, all of his children thus far except one his first are born in America?

      How many women in Dominica has the privilege of coming America and give birth to their children, in order for the child on reaching adult hood will return and take hold of the opportunities of their birth place without obstacles from immigration! 

      Can Roosevelt give an…

  18. Sassy
    June 15, 2018

    Well said Most Honorable PM

    • Neville
      June 16, 2018

      Most honourable? What is honourable on a liar, a thief and a cheat? Only somebody with the same attributes would refer to this man as honourable!

  19. viewsexpressed
    June 15, 2018

    CThis failed PM has the guts to say that “…the challenge in Dominica after Hurricane Maria is not one of physical renewal but of social regeneration.
    Every four weeks Skerrit comes up with something new to appease us as we are not aware of his incompetence in social-economic plans to develop our poverty stricken island and hopping here there and everywhere and returns with nothing substantial to really show that the country is turning around after Maria decimated Dominica but failed to tell us that it is his Corrupt, incompetent, visionless corrupt Labour Government that has destroyed Domininca worse that Maria. He failed to apply resilience methods and decency in good governance in preparation for Maria and those to come in future. I suspect that this failed PM, talks and walks in his sleep. We upstairs advised you of socio-Economic regeneration for years before Maria, but you go behind our back and run the abusive Red Clinic. Coming to work, seeing over 100 hundred line up hurt…

  20. LifeandDeath
    June 15, 2018

    oh boy!!..What an interesting piece of epilogue from the “world’s first climate resilience PM”…So Social Regeneration has to do with: “It’s a challenge that asks what are the needs of a moral character of a nation? What are its fundamental beliefs, culture and education?” sorry, excuse me, What?? ok..
    Let me wait for the: launching of CREED [Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica] in a box…’cause I did not understand much from that Social Regeneration statement.
    oh, and point of correction, don’t mention “We did not contribute to climate change” anywhere else again. I sounds like Dominica doesn’t have any cars, or in real practical sense nobody breathes out Carbon Dioxide in that nation.. Ok, so let’s wait and see and hope for the very best regeneration of our Morals and CREED in a Box.

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