The United Workers Party (UWP) Team Dominica has pledged to keep its promise to develop sports in the city of Roseau.
The party outlined a number of plans that are already in place to benefit the young people of the city.
Part of their plans includes the renovation of the Basketball Court on Bath Road, Roseau, which will include an upgraded washroom facility.
UWP Candidate for the Roseau Central Constituency, Joseph Isaac, who was addressing a public meeting held at the basketball court on Bath Road earlier this week, said he intends to continue that quest in assisting the young people of Roseau in the area of sports.
“I want to get involved in helping young people. We will renovate the basketball court and we will ensure that the washroom facility is completed and upgraded,” he said. “We will convert it like a sports club upstairs. We will establish in the High Street area where we will have a small swimming pool where people involved in Olympics can practice to swim.”
He went on to say that the party will develop an indoor sporting facility close to the Windsor Park Stadium.
“This was the original plan and we are committed to deliver that to you the people of Roseau,” he promised.
He added, “We will ensure that you have in Roseau, a practice football field next to the stadium, we will introduce a sporting system which will incorporate the club structure across Roseau and across Dominica.”
Isaac also took a swipe at the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) for “taking advantage of the people.”
“Can you understand the challenge we are faced with in this country?” he noted. “It is a challenge where our leaders, in the name of the Dominica Labour Party, are taking advantage of the people, taking advantage of the people with resources, taking advantage of people by blocking every project that we try to do. They are doing wrong things and we have to stand up against those things.”
Meanwhile, outgoing Parliamentary representative for Roseau Central, Norris Prevost, revealed that the party presented a project to government several years for resurfacing the basketball court and to repair and upgrade the toilet. However, he said, the proposal fell on deaf ears.
“The government refuse because the then mayor of Roseau was the Deputy Chairman of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), who refused to collaborate with the Roseau Improvement Committee (RIC) to get the toilet upgraded and the basketball court upgraded,” he said. “That is the kind of damage that the Labour Party have done to us.”
Prevost added, “People of Roseau, what you are seeing is the destruction of the RIC Basketball Court is just one out of the many facilities that have been destroyed in Roseau.”
According to him, the UWP is committed to empower young people in sports and to make sports that tool that it can be, “to build our communities, to build our young people…to give our young people the ability to excel.”
He urged people of Roseau lend a hand to help restore sports for young people on the island.