Gov’t commits over $600,000 for Good Hope

by: Dominica Vibes News - May 18, 2017
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Residents gathered at the town hall meeting in Good Hope on Wednesday (Office of the Prime Minister photo)

The Dominica government has committed six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) to Good Hope to assist in the community’s development.

At a town hall meeting held at the Good Hope Resource Centre on Wednesday 17 May 2017, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit pledged four hundred thousand dollars to facilitate home repairs.

The town hall meeting was hosted by Member of Parliament for the Castle Bruce Constituency, Johnson Drigo.

Mr Skerrit said he has received a list for home repairs in Good Hope totaling about seven hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars ($785, 000) which includes material and labour costs.

“I have said to the parl reps. [that] it makes no sense we give building materials to somebody knowing full well that person does not have the means of paying the laborer or the contractor to do it. So if we’re gonna do a job for a senior citizen, let us do the complete job and do it properly,” Mr Skerrit stated.

“So out of the seven hundred and eighty-five thousand, I’m committing tonight, to make available to you the residents of Good Hope immediately, four hundred thousand dollars to go towards home repairs for Good Hope,” he stated.

Mr Skerrit, who is also the Minister for Finance, indicated that the three hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars balance for home repair assistance will be given after the 2017/2018 budget.
Government also pledged financial assistance towards small business development and farmers of the community.

“I was saying to the Cabinet on Tuesday that the farmers of Good Hope are hardworking people, you know man as well as woman, working hard, climbing these mountain tops, your back against the sun, you know are very hardworking people and we have to help you the farmers of Good Hope,” Mr Skerrit said.

“So I am committing to you the community of Good Hope, two hundred thousand dollars for small business development, but I want from that two hundred thousand dollars, one hundred thousand dollars to go towards the farmers of Good Hope,” he continued.

The Prime Minister also noted government’s ongoing program for total eradication of pit latrines on the island by year-end 2017.

He said that of the 45 washrooms to be constructed in Good Hope, the first 20 have now been completed, and announced that the remaining 25 would now commence.

Finally, Prime Minister Skerrit announced that one hundred and sixty thousand dollars (EC$160,000) will be made available immediately for the rehabilitation of the Balata farm access road.