Local government authorities in Dominica called upon to encourage community participation in their activities

Roslyn Paul

As Dominica observes Local Government Month in May, Minister for Community Development, Roslyn Paul, is urging councils on the island to provide community leadership in monitoring the interventions of various organizations that are working within their jurisdiction.

Paul said community participation continues to be pivotal to having effective councils in Dominica.

“You must ensure that you provide accurate data and guidance in presenting the needs of the communities. Take time to communicate with your people and serve well all those who visit your offices and engender the active participation of community members in your activities,” the Minister stated.

She is also encouraging councils to play their part in networking with other agencies to avert wastage and to maximize the use of resources for improvement and rebuilding of the communities.

“It cannot be debated that our government has been making considerable investments towards the resilience agenda, providing the necessary funding,” she stressed. “A large percentage of these funds have been and continue to be channeled through the local authorities at unprecedented levels.”

Paul therefore called on councils to pay close attention to the requisite administrative and accounting procedures and ensure that all funds are accurately accounted for.

According to the minister, the Dominica Model of Local Government “remains an envy of many across the Caribbean and further afield” and this accomplishment, she believes, should be maintained.

The Salisbury Village Council was recently reestablished, becoming the 39th village council and 43rd local government authority in Dominica and according to Paul, “this new village council has better positioned the community in pursuit of a resilient and dynamic Dominica.”

Paul encouraged councils to complete and present all reports to the relevant government ministries to assist the local government department as it strives to become “a vehicle of good governance.”

Meanwhile, Paul cautioned families and caregivers to move swiftly to make all necessary preparations as the Hurricane Season approaches.

“Be prepared to move early, those who require to be evacuated to a safe, secure location,” she advised.

She said the central government will continue to partner with local government, as the closest medium to communities, to deliver on several of its recovery programmes to improve the quality of life of each and every Dominican.

Local Government Month is being observed under the theme: “Strengthening Community Resilience through Local Government.”

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  1. JAH KAL
    May 7, 2022

    That person in that picture look lost far less to know about sports ,i will never come to Dominica and watch cricket again. I wanted to come home for the Bangladesh vs West Indies series but forget about it, will go to another country that government is a waste of time . That minister have no clue to what’s going on in the world of sports . In St Kitts and Grenada the government of these country’s thinking of building new international stander playing field so they could get more games to their country’s, in Dominica not even the stadium they can maintain, every other playing field in Dominica is abandon. Once upon a time we played every discipline of sport’s there was ,when you have a government that come in to power and rip a foundation for a stadium up, and throw in the sea what you expect , and you have good sport’s men in Dominica supporting those guys that kill sport’s in Dominica what a Daammme shame. Concern sport man.

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  2. JAH KAL
    May 6, 2022

    Dominica that’s what you have as minister of sports ? well well sports is dead, man i have so much to say but don’t even know where to start . What a shame, this is a concern from a former Dominica and windward island cricketer never thought in my life time to see sports get that bad in Dominica .

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  3. Joseph charles
    May 5, 2022

    Rosa , for your own good you need to leave these people’s politics for them . ONE look at you and all can see this has drained you, your face tells all. Again , for your own good leave while you can make that decision on your own.

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  4. May 4, 2022

    How can you effectively communicate with your people when on first sight you direct them straight to the cabaway and what do you say to them? You say nothing constructive except to ask, “You get yours already?” And how can they save and with what when they all come to you for a $? I hope you have paid all the cre’dit wom before the hurricane comes? There isn’t a central government furthermore for local government (my arm)

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  5. Wrong is wrong
    May 4, 2022

    Roselyn Paul does not even know that she has already been rejected by Roosevelt Skerrit. Well she maybe has a clue but she is not sure. Meanwhile she doesn’t look well nou maybe she feeling the wrath to come. Wicked soul

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  6. Shut up
    May 4, 2022

    Miss Paul shut up because if Dominica was a real country according to the corrupt Roosevelt Skerrit, not you and the chairman would be in jail for all you countless corruption

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  7. Lawyer
    May 4, 2022

    Just listen to this shameless individual: ‘the Dominica Model of Local Government “remains an envy of many across the Caribbean and further afield” and this accomplishment, she believes, should be maintained’. OMG! All of them councils in Skerrits pocket. They only exist to serve his agenda, not the agenda of the people. In the former East Germany the communist party operated a very effective internal spy service called the STASI, and those village councils in DA operate very much in the same way. Paul, I haven’t heard from you in 2 years. Now you wake up and come with this shameless propaganda and blatant lies. What are you actually getting paid for? To kiss Skerrits backside. Guess what, we don’t need you for that.

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  8. We the People
    May 4, 2022

    Paul therefore called on councils to pay close attention to the requisite administrative and accounting procedures and ensure that all funds are accurately accounted for.

    Really Mrs. Paul? Really? Well you have good guts!!!!

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