PM praises Maduro

Skerrit (left) said Maduro was quick to offer assistance to Dominica
Skerrit (left) said Maduro was quick to offer assistance to Dominica

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, had high praises for President of Venezuela, Nicholas Maduro, who he said was quick to offer assistance to the island in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika.

Maduro arrived on the island on Wednesday afternoon for an official visit and to symbolically hand over 300 petrocasas to those affected by the storm.

Skerrit said he did not have to call Maduro, who he described as a ‘hermano’ and ‘companero,’ to ask for assistance but the Venezuelan President took on his own initiative to assist.

“From the moment the storm impacted upon us, President Maduro mobilized the Venezuelan people immediately,” he said. “He did not wait for me to call him or for me to write to him to indicate to the Venezuelan government and people that the true friendship of Venezuela will be manifested in his response to Dominica’s disaster and for this we want to thank you and the people of Venezuela.”

He added, “I want to say publicly, as Prime Minister of this country, I did not ask President Maduro for 300 homes. I did not ask him for three homes, I did not ask him for 30 homes. He has taken a decision on the behalf of his people to offer this hand of friendship and generosity to our people. And for us it is a very emotional thing because we understand the challenges which Venezuela is undergoing at present.”

Skerrit said Maduro’s gesture falls in line with the thinking of the founder of ALBA, Hugo Chavez, who he described as “our dear commander,” who “taught the Venezuelan people that is not giving from the largest that you have but is to give from the little that you have.”

“And I think that is the true spirit that manifested itself in the offer of 300 homes to Dominica by Presdent Maduro ,” he said.

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25 Comments

  1. 4-cars
    September 27, 2015

    Why do people continue to think that Dominicans are foolish people? Yes, Mad is giving assistance; but technically, what Mad is doing is propping up his brother skeritt. “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” If Mad curse America, skeritt will back him up.

  2. Dominican in NJ
    September 24, 2015

    PRAISE AND THANKS BE to this President who so selfless gave these 300 hundred homes and who is currently bullying a CARICOM island that has also contributed to the relief efforts on Dominica.

    I never do understand how people are so blinded by the way in which Dominica is being governed.

    What Skerrit should have done is declare a State of Emergency, just like St. Lucia did back in 2010….instead he came up with a BS excuse why he did not, while his followers blindly supported it without making their own investigation into the impacts of a state of emergency…..ask St Lucians, if their rights were infringed upon when a state of emergency was called after Tomas in 2010…….the damages that they recorded were nothing and i mean nothing compared to what Dominica experienced.

    Those with a mind of their own all know the reasoning behind Skerrit not calling a state of emergency….. NO ONE WILL KNOW HOW FUNDS RECEIVED WILL BE AND IS SPENT!!!

  3. JoJo
    September 24, 2015

    Our brothers in Guyana, your colleagues in Caricom Roosevelt will question your motives my friend. Can they trust you?

  4. Matrix
    September 24, 2015

    Commander is a naval officer rank. Commander is also used as a rank or title in other organizations, including several police forces.

    Commander is also a generic term for an officer commanding any armed forces unit, for example “platoon commander”, “brigade commander” and “squadron commander”. In the police, terms such as “borough commander” and “incident commander” are used
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commander

  5. Matrix
    September 24, 2015

    founder of ALBA, Hugo Chavez, who he described as “our dear commander,”

    Can someone please explain what the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica mean by saying Hugo Chavez our Dear Commander.
    Do this mean to say Alba is a military wing, or is this mean that we are under the rule of Venezuela.

  6. grell
    September 24, 2015

    Skerrit you just dont get it,this man has bought Venezuela to its knees,god be with you Skerrit,Dominica is doomed.

  7. Tj
    September 24, 2015

    Thai you mr Maduro for the gift of houses. However, the people of Venezuela needs a say needs a say. Stop the bullying of Gayana! Renounce your claim of bird Island. You must not be oil rich alone.

  8. September 23, 2015

    Why are there no one protesting against Skeritt and Maduro on the streets of Roseau? Is that the dictatorial form of government that we are hoping to have in Dominica? We will soon regret it. Mark those words.

  9. Shaka zulu
    September 23, 2015

    The people of Venezuela have no say. The man ruling by decree what on behalf of Venezuelan people you guys talking about. I bet 90% of Venezuelans don’t know where maduro is now. The devil offered Jesus all the land if he bow down and worship him. I will say no more.

    • Shaka zulu
      September 23, 2015

      Dumb and dumber 2
      Part one was with Chavez.

    • Politburo
      September 23, 2015

      You may be a UWP supporter and one of those praying for Commandante MADURO to loose in the upcoming election. Your Party the UWP has preferred no other options but you will not say a profound thank you. Why are you so much angry? it seems to me you carry to much hate

      • Shaka zulu
        September 24, 2015

        I will tell you what I am a supporter of: honesty, integrity, humility, Hard work, wisdom, respect for self and others, self sacrifice, respect for law community and Constitution, respect for the people you are called to serve, independent mind and thinking……
        I will tell you what I do not support: lies, deception, laziness, dependency, dishonesty, stepping on others, kissing butt, criminals, thieves, molesters, people taking advantage of others or misrepresentation of me. If you think by my post that I am UWP then go ahead. I stand for what is right for my country and could care less which party in power. Today the country is on the wrong course and I will not be guided by nonsensical decisions. In life there is action and results. If your actions are not getting the desired results for the country (non selfish) then you change and move on. The PM goes out and says to the international community we can’t do anything for ourselves we are stupid and poor and you believe it.

      • Shaka zulu
        September 24, 2015

        I do not carry any hate. Life is too short, however I am disturbed by the level of our ignorance which is being preyed upon by Politicians. I support short terms in office because that will allow them to focus on what is right. The government should cut all salary for ministers since they get all the perks. You will see who really love their country.

    • On Time
      September 24, 2015

      SMH…. some of us can be so ungrateful.

  10. The Real Facts
    September 23, 2015

    A big thank you to President Maduro for coming to Dominica and for his considerate, generous and useful gifts.
    God knows how much those in need of will also appreciate the houses which will be their future homes.

    Friends are friends and friends help their friends who are in need of. This is what President Maduro did with no hesitation.

    Holy Scripture: Every good and perfect gift comes from above, the Father of Lights. . . .

    May it please Thee O Lord, to reward with eternal life
    All those who do good to us for Thy Name’s sake. Amen!

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 24, 2015

      All you are doing is kissing Maduro Butt, the same as Skerrit is doing, hypocrites you all are, thank you for what! Venezuela need more help than Dominica at this time, stores are empty of food, toilet paper, and every other commodity.

      The economy of Venezuela is at its worst, no wonder Skerrit offered to pay some of his debt to Venezuela with agricultural products to feed the Venezuelan population! The can’t drink their oil, beside it is becoming more difficult for Maduro to sell his oil on the international market, how about Facts, no sale of oil, no money to loan to Skerrit.

      • The Real Facts
        September 25, 2015

        You never have anything good to say about anyone. You are one miserable, wicked man. What is your body made up of? It is what is in your heart and it appears there is nothing good in it. Sorry for you. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  11. Danziger
    September 23, 2015

    Thank you Sir for your contribution to the Nature Isle you are a true friend.

  12. Fred
    September 23, 2015

    It’s a great shame MADuro doesn’t treat his own people so nicely. The PM as completely lost the plot.

  13. Joan
    September 23, 2015

    Dominica is not friendly to the Govt. of the U.SA. so why should they come to their help Skerrit has given the U.S hell his new friend is Venezula so friends comes to friens aid. Where is the 2 Million dollrs that was given to Skerrit by the Americans. I am glad my tax dollars ae not given to Skerrit for his Money chest . I wonder why his son is not a Venezulian.

  14. Rabbit
    September 23, 2015

    When I read your comments Bill I don’t kno if I should laugh or cry

    • William Mc Lawrence
      September 23, 2015

      Your comment makes no sense… did you read it? LOL!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

  15. William Mc Lawrence
    September 23, 2015

    This is a new day for Dominica… the injection of the 300 hundred petro casa family homes will increase some economic activity in the construction/ housing sectors,,, Thanks to the Government and people of Venezuela and His Excellency, President Nicholas maduro. This is good news for a country that was hard hit by floods and landslides… While some sectors of the economy will suffer for some time, we can expect to see a boost in the construction sector particularly in the areas of housing development and infrastructure works… We hope that the passage of the storm will not derail the many other activities such as the hotel development projects that were on stream prior to the passage of the storm… We already know that the independence celebrations will be low keyed this year, however, we hope that the Christmas holidays and Carnival celebrations will be given a boost… We hope that the winter stay over tourist season and the cruise and yachting seasons will pick up as well :wink

    • Dominican in NJ
      September 24, 2015

      I do hope that the men who will be working in the construction sector will get paid, unlike those who cleaned up the airport after storm Erika, those of public works who protested for wage owning etc etc……

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