Gov’t to get tough on delinquent fathers

The Prime Minister shows the suitcase containing the National Budget on Tuesday morning
The Prime Minister shows the briefcase containing the National Budget on Tuesday morning. Photo: OPM

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that government will address the issue of delinquent fathers in the months ahead and will get tough on them.

Speaking at the presenting the 2016/2017 National Budget at the First Meeting of the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament under the Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution on Tuesday, he said he has one simple philosophy in the matter, “pay up or go up.”

According to Skerrit, the two most vulnerable groups in the society are seniors and infants and many infants are born to single mothers who themselves have challenges because many fathers are not “manning up” to their responsibilities.

“The issue of delinquent fathers is one that I will address and deal with in the months ahead,” he said. “I hereby give early warning to those men who are able, but who are not taking proper care of their children, that their happy-go-lucky days are coming to an end, very soon.”

He said further that a Maintenance Bill will be brought before the Parliament for consideration before the end of 2016.

“But that is an issue for another time, most likely in this same place. On this occasion, I believe, as a nation, there are certain realities we must confront. Single parenting is real. We cannot wish it away. We want, however, as a Government, to do something for single mothers, in particular,” he stated.

Skerrit revealed that he was reliably informed that a significant percent of the income of single parents is devoted to health care for their children.

“These women, being of childbearing age, are also of working age,” he noted.

Skerrit indicated that he is aware that, especially during the post-Erika period, some single parents have been experiencing some challenges.

“I speak here of the women employed in the hotel and tourism sectors, in the distributive trades and small businesses. Their incomes are relatively low and taking care of the health and other needs of a child is an added responsibility that becomes a burden when fathers are not pulling their weight,” he explained. “Immediately upon passage of this Budget, Madam Speaker, Government will discuss with the Dominica Social Security to determine how an initial installment of $5.0-million can be set aside and utilized in the creation and administration of a pilot health insurance facility for these workers and their children.”

Furthermore, Skerrit said his contention is that “we cannot just speak about these things and never attempt them. We have to start somewhere and perfect the service as we go along.”

He revealed that effective 1st January 2017, mothers of children, three years and under and all expectant mothers in Dominica, will be eligible to register with the pilot health insurance service to have up to 80 percent of all medical bills associated with the care of their unborn, newborn and infant, paid by the Service.

“Madam Speaker, there are countries in this region and elsewhere that have implemented National Health Insurance Programmes. I do not believe it is beyond our capacity to create a facility that can first serve the needs of young mothers and mothers to be, and ultimately the needs of all Dominicans,” the Prime Minister remarked.

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91 Comments

  1. July 27, 2016

    Delinquent fathers were never part of God’s plan for marriage and family life.

    This results from people NOT living by God’s moral code in

    1 Corinthians 6:9,10
    1 Corinthians 6:18

    and obeying what God’s Word tells us about how to have happy and enduring marriages.

    Fornication results in illegitimate children born to single mothers who struggle alone to raise children without the support of a husband, and children who grow up without a father in the home. Delinquent
    fathers who were not ready to accept the responsibility of parenthood leave rather provide the financial support that is due to the mothers and their children.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, Evangelist.

    • Jonathan St Jean
      July 30, 2016

      Reverend Hill,get with the program.There are no illegitimate children.This concept has been eliminated from the vocabulary long time ago.

  2. youth
    July 27, 2016

    This is simply a reverse psychological political tactic. Mothers are complaining. This outcry has nothing to do with healthcare bill. Young children under the age of 18 get free health care. Mr Skerrit knows that the majority voters is single mothers so he is just sweetening their mouths. When he is done with them he will do something to get another pull of the voters list.

  3. The Believer
    July 27, 2016

    WE made our mistakes and we don’t need government to correct us. If you read viewexpressed at his age does not know how a child came about. a father is the child first and main protection, the child feel safer and happier when dad is around. Do I want this woman to carry my child? CAN I afford to SUPPORT A child, can I give my child a decent home. If all my answers are no, therefore, I just bring a child into this world to see misery. Single mothers are shameless with no pride for their body and lazy. Dominica Is a survival country, you don’t have to be employed by some one to make a living, you could be handling money every day in the week, people always eat and drink, we got the spare land with rich soil. The self employed people in Dominica are those with the big houses and porch cars. You all need your heads examined. VIEWEXPRESSED passed it and completely missed out in many things.

  4. Lhulla
    July 27, 2016

    Well is now they have to give a certain contractor more work for cause he making children every year and not supporting.

    • Face the Facts
      July 27, 2016

      He does not sound like a nice man; also a heartless one. He will have to pay back pay support.

  5. SweetS
    July 27, 2016

    Pay up or go up!!! Take note!

  6. Not a herd follower
    July 27, 2016

    Skerrit got his budget box, too? Surprisingly, it’s not red.

  7. viewsexpressed
    July 27, 2016

    Dominicans, please stop your generalisation of fathers etc. Skerrit open his mouth with a damning baseline suggestion which has not and maybe cannot be substantiated. This is a political ploy because Skerrit has nothing new to offer to the poverty he created while in office and it is getting worse. I will not be distracted.

    • Face the Facts
      July 27, 2016

      What do you mean it cannot be substantiated? It is easy. All it takes is for the women to prove they fathered children and do not support them. They could sue them. It does not require a special legislation. In fact some women do take the men to Court for non-support of their children. The proof is a DNA test.
      Do you realize how much it could cost any government to provide financially for mothers who do not receive child support and also for the children especially if the mother is unemployed? Some of you talk about poverty Well consider it. The government is not to be blamed for this poverty.

  8. Floridian Diaspora
    July 27, 2016

    Skeritt has no shame, demanding that fathers play their part but starving the population of employment. Lol!!! What a loser of a prime minister this guy is. Telling people to make more bricks with less straw in the mud pits while your lazy air-conditioned backside is laid back counting stacks from passport sales. What a leader, what a way to run a country.

  9. peter
    July 27, 2016

    ye man :-D

  10. Teetee Weisel
    July 26, 2016

    Listen up, dead beat dads. It’s about time. Right on, Mr. Prime Minister!

  11. July 26, 2016

    There should not be a time limit because some men have never supported their kids. Some of these men are now very financially sound and so they mus be made to pay retroactive.

  12. ABOLOR
    July 26, 2016

    Where the jobs at, scare-it??

  13. Anna
    July 26, 2016

    Mr Skerrit seems to have forgotten that health care in the public service is free for children and those above 60.
    .Is the insurance then to cover private health care because of decreasing confidence in public health services
    I suppose they will have coverage for Dr Skerrits Private practice???
    I smell another catch a vote policy.

    • July 29, 2016

      Three totally inappropriate questions:

      (1) It is doubtful if Mr. Skerrit has “forgotten” anything. More likely what he is proposing is an insurance that will cover people of all ages rather only those who are already covered.

      (2) It is likely an improved and wider public plan not money for private insurance to take the place of the present plan.

      (3) This is a sarcastic slur intended to insult the PM because he was awarded an honorary doctorate – something some Dominicans were not able to handle. This is an honorary degree which by the way has nothing to do with medicine or health care.

      It should be noted that Mr. Skerrit said the government would discuss this possibility with the Dominica
      Social Security. At this time it is in or near the discussion stage. As far as I know nothing beyond this has been promised.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  14. Face the Facts
    July 26, 2016

    They are called “dead beat dads.” In previous years men got away without paying. Not so today. For those who do not know, the Canadian Law is, once the father has financial means, he is obligated to pay support. The man must take a DNA test to ensure he fathered the child. If he is the father and he fails to support the child the woman will sue him. The Court will decide how much he can afford to pay. If he fails to pay, his salary will be garnished. In some cases, he has to pay through the Court. Failure to pay could land him in prison.
    I heard there is a Website with the names of dead beat dads. I do not know if it is still operable. I never accessed it; had no reason to do so.
    He has to support the child until adulthood age. If he is a nice father and he can afford it, he will continue to help his child even while attending College/University.
    Let us not lose sight of this. There are some nice fathers who love their children and are also generous.

    • viewsexpressed
      July 28, 2016

      Facts,, what “salary?”, In Dominica if you have not heard most fathers do not have a job, let alone a salary. I have advised you to stop writing crap on social issues that you may are not aware of. If you want to promote Skerrit say so , that we can be critical of your nonesense, but stay away from issues that does not concern your social intelligence and that of Skerrit, the falied PM to comment on.
      Go during a cup of black coffee and a dry bread.

  15. shame how
    July 26, 2016

    Dominica has no jobs at little pay, small villages ,houses ,old ports, small airports, old cars come on where can this go ,,,,,

    • Face the Facts
      July 27, 2016

      When some people reject God what do you expect? Some blame the PM but what are they doing for themselves? Some of them do not practice the faith. They do not pray for anyone; not even themselves. Do you think the government is a miracle worker?

  16. JOSH SHAW
    July 26, 2016

    The vast majority of these so called “single mothers” are just retarded. There are a few that at times stuff goes sour and the sperm donor is just a paro so him fi get locked up. however most of them just there spreading their legs for Tom, Dick and Harry and each man give them a next child and them they expect the latest man to take care of all those mouths. Get real. We need to do like China if u cant maintain child then you wont be allowed to get pregnant. These girls just too STUPID!!!!

    • viewsexpressed
      July 28, 2016

      Ridiculous comment. This is so extreme that it only represents a Fast Food approach to the presenting and obvious poverty created by Skerrit and his failed government.
      How dare you people talk of fathers that way without any evidence. There are social analyst in Dominica why not consult them first.
      Dominica is a failed state without any structured and meaningful policy or programmes to engage and employ people let alone the many fathers who would prefer to be employment, making a decent salary to feed their children rather than queing up are corrupt Red Clinic scheme beggiing supremo for a dollar.

  17. Zam
    July 26, 2016

    That’s another waste of time budget, empty rhetoric. No substance just another waste of paper.
    After knowing that national debt is in the billions, what can the pm say to at least any smart person?
    Mr PM, make a budget to lower the debts n creating jobs n stimulate the economy.
    Where in the world except Dominica, would a prime minister come smiling with a big brief case?
    This gives the impression that the budget is goin to change lives in Dominica.
    Right now Dominica us being run by auto pilot. The pilots are somewhere in the cabin napping

  18. Ideal
    July 26, 2016

    I hope he has lots of money in that briefcase for us poor people. Poor Dominica in so much debt can we ever catch up on payments?

    • Face the Facts
      July 27, 2016

      Are you not aware that every country has debts? Governments borrow money from other countries They borrow money from their main bank. As in Canada, The Bank of Canada.
      Do you think the income tax nationals pay could be enough to build roads, etc.? That is a way of life. Of course, the government has to be concerned about the debt. This is what is referred to as a deficit and reducing the deficit. No countries are devoid of that.

  19. jonathan st jean
    July 26, 2016

    Whilst I agree that children need the support of their fathers,just throwing out threats is not the way to address this serious issue.Skerritt says those who are able,well how are we going to define able.Simply having a job does not mean that you are able.There are two sides to every ledger and this I’m hoping will be examined in determining ability to pay and how much.Is the government doing enough to ensure there is employment opportunities for the father’s so they can take care of their obligations.Under Labour unemployment has skyrocketed.Skerritt says that we are reliably informed,that a significant amount of income goes towards healthcare for children.Where is the empirical evidence.Stop going by hearsays in this day and age.Do your research,it could be by telephone or other means but not hearsays.Also it must be ensured that this child support payments are utilized wisely for the betterment of these children and not become an ATM for the mothers.

  20. vanessa
    July 26, 2016

    Financial support is one thing. But love and emotional support is very important.

    • July 27, 2016

      Vanessa:

      This is so true.

      All three – financial, love, and emotional support – are needed.

      More needs to be done to have God’s moral code taught in homes, schools, and churches. and have people to commit to it. It is the violation the Word of God in this permissive age that has resulted in single mothers, illegitimate children, and dead beat dads until it looks like it could now cost the tax payers.

      Legislation can force men to give financial support if they are able but not love and emotional support. This could be taught better and promoted more in our churches. Also the government could engineer
      a good parenting course for expectant mums and dads and make it mandatory for first time parents.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • Face the Facts
      July 27, 2016

      One should not go without the other. It depends under what circumstances babies are conceived.
      Love needs to be defined. Adults should know that not all babies are conceived in true love.

  21. duck1951
    July 26, 2016

    cost of a paternity dba test is not costly . Therefore this should not be a hindrance . I think that this is an excellent idea especially for those who migrate and completely abandon their children . Do the right thing . Mothers too are to be kept accountable . .

  22. icho
    July 26, 2016

    Eric Joseph who now lives in Canada……worked in Veille Case as a Police Officer in the 60s-70s from Calibishie ……..mmmm hmmm looks may deceive but not this look……similarity ….mmm hmmm…..check facebook…..K Joseph page and so on to clarify.

  23. Shameless
    July 26, 2016

    Regardless of what we think of the useless Dr. Punjabee from Enbar, that is a good move if he is serious. However, I must say that a majority of fathers who do not support their children in Dca have legit reasons primarily on the assumption that the child is a BOTIN or Readymade. Sadly, the children are the ones who suffer sometimes for a lifetime.

    Having said that, I am appealing to the AG or whomever is tasked to draft/ formulate such legislation makes it mandatory that every child born in Dca MUST be DNA tested to confirm who is the real father. That should not be an option. If any man name is called and he refuses DNA testing, then Social Welfare should have the authority to seek a court order and police enforcement to ensure that this suspected father is tested. If that is done properly then the rest will fall in place.

    I can now see some high level men poopoo boiling because divorce is a sure thing in certain ministries :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Always assertive! :mrgre

    • viewsexpressed
      July 28, 2016

      I disagree,,…not sure what you agree to!!

  24. %
    July 26, 2016

    You are right because some of our leaders who dress up in jacket and tie need to take jail…Some people know who these leaders are…I would not be surprised that those who have offices,the sexual act takes place in that very place (office)..IT’S A POLLUTED and CORRUPT country!

  25. papa
    July 26, 2016

    I never hear no leader of a country is in charge of finance what does that tell u

  26. The Believer
    July 26, 2016

    Whenever the govt, come up with a solution to solve a problem ,rather than coming up with fresh ideas,they give it thumb down and throwing it back in their faces. Here comes the chances for those who cannot have children, put your prize up and pay big in advance.

  27. pope
    July 26, 2016

    im speaking facts my child mother dont buy anything for the child is house rent and sewo bread and juice when i ask to give me my child she told me lets go by a lawyer to do an agreement have my child but give her 400 for her self monthly

  28. LOVER GIRL
    July 26, 2016

    am supporting the PM on this one and we need the national Health insurance for all working people
    most times Health insurance refuse us because of Diabetics’ and other illnesses’ and the cost of Health Insurance in Dominica is to expensive.

    • Concern citizen
      July 26, 2016

      I am not against fathers maintaining their children I am for it, but I grew up without a fathers care and he was capable and right in the community.
      But do U think if all the Pyjama Parties that took place at the morn with all the Young women were to conceive would they be able to be maintain as the PM is spewing now
      I am not in the favour of SKERRIT talking like that, he is a trickster and for that matter that is an election ploy
      U just lesson to the speech by President OBAMA, and tell me if no one should ever support the D/ca PM, at time

    • viewsexpressed
      July 27, 2016

      When one does not work and depends on a begging bowl for survival you have poverty where there is no employment created. Skerrit has just brought Dominica to rock bottom, a country in poverty. These people cannot even pay doctors fees, let alone for surgery where will they get the money to pay for health care, when they have to buy food and school books etc.
      Dominicans please ignore Skerrit and his rhetoric.

  29. Carol Freel
    July 26, 2016

    How about trying something different … how about NOT having children until you can afford them? How about not allowing yourself to be impregnated by every Tom, Dick and Harry. How about having a reasonable number of children (like 3 or less) so that you can afford to feed, clothe and educate them and stop the cycle of poverty and despair that occurs when you have more children than you can afford. How about Dominican men actually taking responsibility for themselves and what they do to create children. You cannot blame Skerrit for you having too many children – or the police or teachers. If you want to stop suffering, make choices that don’t cause suffering!

    • Face the Facts
      July 26, 2016

      In some cultures parents seek a husband/wife for their young daughters/sons. Parents know too well that some children mature early, if you know what I mean. Today most are too free with their bodies, some, with whosoever will.
      Morally, St. Paul said, “It is better to marry than be on fire.” :lol: I love St. Paul, He had some sayings. However, most of his writings were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
      Most men proposition women; similar for young men. From those, some fly by night short affairs, come forth babies. There is a tendency to blame the female rather than the male. Some men will deny it is their baby and therefore not accept the baby. Others simply do not bother to support their child. Some commence and later cease doing so.
      Therefore, when some state people are poor, they should consider these factors and not blame the PM.
      How about being a responsible child/person? Attend school, concentrate on studies, graduate and seek a job

    • carmen
      July 27, 2016

      Damn skippy!

    • viewsexpressed
      July 27, 2016

      These people had the right to have their children, it is Skerrit the big Red Clinic Papa Dada who has ten years ago said , Me Big dada Skerro will feed all you and you vote for me. You see the Red Clinic is getting empty, Dominica is 1.1 billion dollars in debt and this JA talking about what fathers should do. Theses fathers have not broken any of Dominicans laws, nor disrespected the constitution. WE have to blame papa Skerrit and his corrupt DLP government

      • Face the Facts
        July 27, 2016

        You mean those who were not married had a right to fornicate and bring forth children? Are you really a Christian Catholic? Genuine practicing Christians do not talk as you do. If you encourage it you have sinned against God. We must be careful what we say and teach people. Teach them to do good; not evil.
        The same way Our Lord Jesus Christ has his eyes on every footstep we take, it also applies to what comes out of the mouth as embedded in the heart. Ever gave this a thought?
        Recall Our Lord said: “By your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.” So it depends what we say which is not contained in the Holy Bible and what the Church does not teach and vice versa. Become godly enlightened.

  30. Wrong father
    July 26, 2016

    I think a DNA test should be taken to determine if the child belongs to the man before charging these men for not supporting the child….in a case where a woman taking a man to court for child support and the man refused to maintain that child by telling the court he don’t feel that child belongs to him ….Then the court should consider what the man is saying and made a decision to have a DNA paid by the Government …….because to many times we women give man the wrong child that don’t belongs to them…

    • Look alikes & Wrong dads in DA
      July 26, 2016

      Is there DNA testing in DA? We are always last to get technology.
      Look regrets ,problem when DNA testing becomes available!
      There will be lot’s of grief when people do it retroactively after turning man even father and grand fathers only to find out ur dad U know all ur life is not ur true dad.
      We already have a lotof prominent guys in Da carrying other guys name who ar not their dads. Some when U look at them U see another guy in them and they have bro’s and sisters who like just like them. They know but say nothing.Life goes on as usual . I know a lawyer who has the wrong dad and last name. he could have ineherited alotof land and shares in bz-nesses lol I eh calling name.

    • Concern citizen
      July 26, 2016

      dear Wrong Father,
      I am in agreement with U 100%, I’m also a man but most of our Dominican men like too many SKIRTS they cant see a woman PASS BY, so the monies which they are spending on CHICKEN and BEERS can be put a side to take care of those little ONES

    • Face the Facts
      July 26, 2016

      This should be done with no hesitation to ascertain it is the man’s baby. All the same, as the saying, “If he did not go there, his name would not be called.” :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • wyane
      July 26, 2016

      readymade jacket :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • viewsexpressed
      July 27, 2016

      You have evidence of this………..was a DNA done for you and your family. How dare you disrespect poor people like this, when all they want is a job to earn their money and not to be politically abused by this Prime Minister. These poor people children are here in Dominica and not in wealthy New York.
      The poor people, mothers, fathers, children, suffer enough poverty , please leave them alone, go at the doorstep of Skerrit.

      • troof
        July 27, 2016

        I agree with DNA testing. Some women are evil. Ive watched too much Jerry Springer to not do my own test even if the child is the spitting image of me. I am NOT trusting these garden tools. Viewesexpress you too stupid, so just let a woman tell me is my child and not make sure for myself? just so she can bleed me dry? then when that child turn 18 she laughing at me and i finding out it was never mine? never that. Straight to La Falaise!

      • Face the Facts
        July 27, 2016

        You took this personally. Governments of non-West Indian countries would make the same statement. Governments must support mothers who are unemployed and their children. Even though they are employed, their income would not be sufficient to support their children if the fathers do not provide support.
        It is a strain on the budget. If these people were responsible they would not be having babies out of wedlock, more than one for that matter. They say one is a mistake. Of course it is not so in the eyes of God. Children are not mistakes. They happen to be born under certain circumstances.
        You know it is in the Bible. Therefore, why did the comment upset you? This has occurred many times in Dominica and elsewhere. Today, men themselves will want to take a DNA. They do not want to support children which they did not father. This is their right.

  31. s7
    July 26, 2016

    Thats a nice photo :-D

    • Face the Facts
      July 26, 2016

      I thought the same. You could have stated more. : :lol:
      The PM looks good and healthy.

    • Whosthatwoman
      July 26, 2016

      eh eh, too badly photo-bombed by the woman in the background.

  32. Can't help it even if I wanted 2-MJackson
    July 26, 2016

    Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit h you announced that government will address the issue of delinquent fathers in the months ahead and will get tough on them.
    Ok tough guy great idea. But first things first what about those who try as they may they have no jobs to apply to over the last 14 yrs?
    Now, on a sort of personal note: From time to time we hear men refering to their fathers and the role they played in their development . EJ Just recently a diasporan interlectual made mention of his father promised him a bicycle if he got a scholarship & he did. He did not tell us if he received the bike.
    However he was taken task by many for not mentioning his mom’s name.I was in 1000% agreement with his hecklers. One went as far as Identifying his mom.
    We never once heard U mention the unknow Mr.Skerrit any time. R U a Skerrit for real? I have a friend who tried convincing me otherwise.( giving details which is associated with U joining the DLP of 2000.

    • Can't help it even if I wanted 2-MJackson
      July 26, 2016

      Is this delinquent dad issue personal to U? If so are U going to go retro on ur real father? just asking. a little laughter is nice.
      Cheers the public would like to hear something about Mr.Skerrit Sr.

    • Avid reader of D/can comedy
      July 26, 2016

      hahahahahahahhah this is great fun coming home after a hard day’s work shower relax and come read DNO this is Heaven nuff laughter. Thanks for making my day everyday with ur posts. :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D Can’t help it even if I wanted 2-MJackson U are hilarious to the max!
      U r at the next level. not them Neo-DLP guys Next level urs hahahahahah U r so gooooood
      This is out of this world! Keep em coming daily can’t get enough of ur stuff.
      It’s just joke after joke after joke. One article Skerrit presents budget $1.1 billion next article he like Atlas carrying DA’s debt on his back in a shilouette. Charles J in the background looking like a black british member of parliament in a broad hat. U go girl Pierro must be turning & wondering where did I go wrong.

    • Face the Facts
      July 26, 2016

      Why bring this up? Who wants to know? Keep personal matters from this Website. It is not necessary to divulge them. Live and let live. Furthermore, there is a time and place for everything. It is irrelevant to this article.

  33. Favoured
    July 26, 2016

    create the jobs in order that the men will be able to support not only their children but to build a harmonious family. Create the jobs if not you surely will be sending more young men to prison but that should never make you feel proud as a Prime Minister. Your demeanour and your expression while making the statement during the budget address tells me you plan to take pleasure in jailing our young delinquent men how sad.

    • Favoured
      July 26, 2016

      You want to jail young men who can’t support their children and call others hero’s and champions who abuse our young children..oh boy Skerrit you are a man with disillusion mind.

  34. not my business
    July 26, 2016

    some of the women are the cause of the fathers not giving to the children. the y take the money and pretty up themselves party non stop and not do the money is meant for.

  35. DomiChina
    July 26, 2016

    I think something wrong with this man

    Why not sell one of your suits Mr. PM and call a delinquent father in your office and give him the money to carry to his child.

    We need programs in dominica that will help the situation, and not worsen it. The economy needs to improve Mr. PM. Jail is not always the answer to a person who cant even feed themselves much less three children. Not because you can afford out of the Country’s purse, means that someone else can. There are a lot of thieves in Dominica stealing from people outright. A certain Carbon Man from Massacre is one of them. Stealing from people who want to make life for themselves. What are you doing about those sort of fathers.

    Pay up or Go Up is not the slogan you should be humming. Go up should not be part of the slogan. Create avenues Mr. PM. Please.

    You should be saying come fathers, let us form a union to see what is the problem and brainstorm ways in which to solve them.

  36. Shaka Zulu
    July 26, 2016

    Well look now there will be vacancy for policemen and prison officers. Half the police force go get locked up.

  37. July 26, 2016

    This is a very good idea because every child is born with a dad and mum ;but DNA tests must be part of this before any man spend there money on any child just because a woman is saying that he is the father..Too often many men drink the rum and others are getting drunk behind such responsibilities..Many Dominica women tell men that their kids belong to them ,once the child has out grown and trouble comes around they allow the man to know that the child is not their child and turning this man into a fool…sometimes people in the society know the truth but they keep their mouths shut…or i guess they think it’s not their business ,many children in Dominica have Guadeloupe french fathers simply to have a french passport while their mothers make them ignore their Dominican fathers..or they allow that child to have a close relationship with the french man and their Dominican fathers which is quite confusing for a young child….some women cheat hence the reason why some men turn away.

  38. anonymous
    July 26, 2016

    why allu doe get tough on dem dilinquent mothers that just dr buying weve and doing nails…ang going and make bomb ,tripple kay band, and all kinda .while some man wrking hard……i know i working hard doe….

    • carmen
      July 27, 2016

      i comin to shake your toe. no, both your feet. lol

  39. vanessa
    July 26, 2016

    Mr. PM, News Flash, I Pray and Hope that you will start with the delinquent fathers working right there under your nose, in your office. I pray that you were also reliably informed about “them” too. I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. If you don’t know , Mr. PM, start an inquiry, first thing tomorrow morning, God’s willing. Though i doubt you will get the truth from them. So another piece of advice is to round up the girlfriends, wives, x-girlfriends and x-wives and ask them about those delinquent fathers who work for you. Thank You.

    • Face the Facts
      July 26, 2016

      In Dominica, is anything like that hidden? Why bother make that comment?

      • vanessa
        July 27, 2016

        people have a right in a democracy of free speech. And even though people know there are those who don’t so we always have to speak to all issues.

  40. Doc. Love
    July 26, 2016

    Skeritt speaks without thinking or he is just trying to play barjan. He wants to send delinquent fathers to jail, where they will be well fed, in the mean time, their children will be suffering. Why not improve the economy, so that the fathers would be working and would be able to support their children.

    • Barbed dawg
      July 26, 2016

      Big respect to you!!!

    • Smh!!!
      July 26, 2016

      What is your point exactly. …….so many times father’s are working and they still refuse to support their then supposedly kids. ……..some of you just have something negative to say because you all are anti Skerrit

    • Flow
      July 26, 2016

      Some Fathers Working living a happy life, travelling all over, going to every jam it have, buying rounds after rounds. But they refuse to assist or help there own child blood and flesh. so this could be there to set and example so fathers could get up there lazy but from the block and do something, think of ways and legal means of making money. Thou there are some fathers who try there best with the lil money or small job they have..

    • Mwen
      July 26, 2016

      Get them jobs! Get Court orders to take the child support before they get their wages! I think that would help better than the tax payers feeding the children, the mothers and the fathers(in jail)!
      Man that is crazy….

    • Face the Facts
      July 26, 2016

      Have you considered that they would be embarrassed? It would serve them right. These women have the responsibility to support these children. They may not be able to properly support them. This could be a reason why some children drop out of school and others may fail.
      Let me further inform you. Everyone in D/ca is a baptized Christian unless some parents did not baptize their children and not take them to church. By not supporting the children, they deny them a decent livelihood. If they are unable to support their child, they are excused but they should visit him/her and show an interest, at least until the child has attained adulthood..
      The reason I stated “Christian”, it is to “Think God.” Those who did not support their children will be answerable to God even though the children are are adults, alive or not. People must bear their responsibility. Some go through life without a concern. The Eyes of Jesus are on every footstep we take.

    • ABOLOR
      July 26, 2016

      Amen. He is unable to create jobs to help the entire family, so he wants to pick the pockets of poor unemployed men. What a guy!!!! :twisted:

  41. Denise
    July 26, 2016

    Is that lady Justina Charles photo-bumming with her large hat? -Not impressed. Skerrit when do you plan to leave office? Do you have enough $$$$$ by now.

    • Concern citizen
      July 26, 2016

      Denise,
      This is a good question, the speech which PM OBAMA gave fall direct on SKERRIT head, his supporters should lesson to the speech and ask them selves some questions

    • troof
      July 27, 2016

      Photo-Bombing. the word is Photo-Bombing not Photo-Bumming. I dont know why you all try to use slangs and jargon when you cant even use or spell or pronounce it properly. Also your comment is dumb. make a valid point if you intend to criticize dont just talk crap.

  42. Matt
    July 26, 2016

    Dominica is becoming a socialists paradise, the Govt now want to regulate family life. The problem is not fathers not pulling their weight, the problem is you Roosevelt Skerrit, making Dominica so hard, while enriching yourself with your expensive suits and briefcase with the majority of Dominicans suffering because of a stagnant economy that you created. 8)

    • Barbed dawg
      July 26, 2016

      5 ppl dislike this comment. The dumming down of dominica is working!

    • Smh!!!
      July 26, 2016

      What happened? Are you one of the dead best father
      Man go support your children and leave the p.m alone …

      Because I’m sure he is supporting his kids even before he was elected pm
      .

      • Concern citizen
        July 26, 2016

        Smh!!!,
        The owners of those 3 Villars on the north, can simply sell one of them and give back the monies to the treasury of D/ca to help take care of those INFANTS cause the MONIES belong to them the (infants of D/ca) for they are the future of tomorrow
        Those who OWN the VILLERS don’t have a conscience tp take the money which belong to those INFANTS to built VILLERS WITH IT and PEOPLE like U and others are still supporting that, where is ur conscience your self?
        thank God I have no CHILDREN to maintain all mine are grown and all my grand children are over seas cause they were born out of HAD D/ca
        I am not matt, but I replied cause I find U are talking bull sheet.

    • Concern citizen
      July 26, 2016

      Matt,
      U are right on Q,
      SKERRIT should lesson to the SPEECH by PRESIDENT OBAMA, to me that speech looks like PM skerrit 100%

    • Face the Facts
      July 26, 2016

      You missed the point. I do not comprehend what type of mind you have. People must support their children. Usually it is the women who bear the responsibility if the men do not “pay up.” OK! It is not fair to the women. It creates a hardship on them. The children also suffer.
      It took two people. a man and a woman to conceive a child. Figure it out. It has nothing to do with the PM. Learn some sense.

      • troof
        July 27, 2016

        The owners of the child should both support their children. That is the thing. These days only gay people that want to get married. straight people only making children but there is no family unit. No structure for the children. Single mothers usually go through a few men if they are lucky enough to find that one. Single fathers go through women too. How do these children who look up the their parents internalize this? Little girls thinking it ok to run man. Little boys thinking its is cool to be a womanizer. Think of the effects. Why not set up incentives and tax breaks for married people. or married people who have been together for a number of years, with the bill stubs to prove it. The real issue is not dead beat dads, but the break up and loss of the value of family unit. Dr. Umar Johnson speaks about single mothers raising their boys alone and the kids learning how to react emotionally and not having male presense to show young boys how to be men. imagine generations of this

      • Face the Facts
        July 27, 2016

        troof: Strange, those who should have babies do not have. Similarly some who especially have the license (marriage) in a consecrated church to God do not have children. They use contraceptive means for not having babies. This too is wrong especially in the eyes of God.

      • Face the Facts
        July 27, 2016

        troof: Children do need a father and mother in the home. They thrive better with a father and mother. They are denied much when it is a one-parent family. In the case of such a home environment, it is also a strain on either the mother or father where applicable.

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