Leader of the Opposition and United Workers Party Member of Parliament Hector John has responded to comments made by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit that allege he has been lax in his representation of his constituents and has labeled the Prime Minister as a liar.
“So, Skerrit is a liar to say that Hector John never made representation in Parliament for the people in the Salisbury Constituency,” John told Dominica News Online in exclusive interview.
In his comments the Prime Minister had said John is to be blamed for the conditions of the feeder roads in his constituency and that he had abandoned his people.
But according to John, he had written, through Parliament, to the Ministry of Public Works requesting that repairs be done on the access roads and had yet to receive any response, or see any action.
He stated, “Is Mr Skerrit trying to use Hector John to begin his election campaign? Two years ago he won 18-3, why is he still in campaign mode? Hector John was simply representing the interests of the people of Salisbury, Coulibistrie and Morne Rachette, when Marpin TV showed on the news the deplorable condition of the Salisbury Farm Road and the few farmers expressing their dissatisfaction after 11 years of neglect. Let me make it very clear, Rayburn Blackmoore is the Minister for Public Works and he was written to on September 28, 2010, through Parliament asking him about repair works in the Salisbury, St Joseph and Colihaut Constituencies because these roads affect farmers.”
John pointed to other constituencies where the MPs are members of the governing Dominica Labour Party and questioned as to why the farmers in those areas are currently facing the same challenges.
“Furthermore, the farm access roads in Calibishie, St Joseph, Colihaut, Warner, Castle Bruce and Laplaine are in deplorable conditions. Is he saying that Matthew Walters, Kelver Darroux, Ronald Toulon, Rayburn Blackmoore, Johnson Drigo and Petter St Jean are not making representation in the House [of Assembly]? Hector John simply made representation on behalf of the area, who are in urgent need of repairs to these farm roads, so that they can continue producing quality and quantity to feed their families and the country,” said John.
He pointed out that he saw no need to call on the Prime Minister, once he had written to the relevant ministers when he stated, “Hector John will continue to communicate with the relevant ministers and have absolutely no need to call Roosevelt Skerrit.”
He also mentioned that some the roads in question serve as access points for the end of Segment 8 and 9 of the Waitukubuli National Trail and acknowledges that they also relate the overall tourism product and thus they are of increased, urgent importance.