United Workers party (UWP) officials, including Parliamentary representative for Roseau central Norris Prevost, are worried about what they say is a high level of poverty in Dominica.
Prevost told a UWP meeting in Layou last week that poverty levels in Dominica has reached its zenith.
“When we were in power we took Dominica to prosperity, today Dominica have fallen back into the deepest poverty ever in our generation,” Norris asserted. “Our people no longer feel proud to be Dominicans ….this government has done enough damage to our country over the last 12 years.”
He made particular reference of the “Free school books program” introduced by the UWP which he said the Labor party administration has failed to continue.
Prevost pointed out that the UWP is pledging to significantly reduce poverty if it is given the opportunity to govern the country.
“The United Workers Party is on a mission to rebuild Dominica. We will bring you back to work and prosperity …. we will not keep you begging,” Prevost said.
One of the measures outlined by Government in the 2012/2013 budget to reduce poverty in Dominica, is a pilot programme aimed at graduating people from unemployment to work.
The programme will be implemented in the village of St. Joseph and in the Silver Lake community.