ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- In an attempt to clarify some of the challenges his administration faced when they entered office, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has indicated that the preceding government mismanaged the affairs of the country.
Skerrit made specific reference on Sunday to the salary deductions of public servants that were not paid to the Dominica Social Security (DSS).
“We are no fools in this government. We have been managing the affairs of the country in a very prudent manner. Because when we came into office… we inherited a very serious state of affairs,” he explained.
“The government was collecting or deducting monies from our salaries as public servants. And the law says they shall remit to the DSS. The truth be told, the government, the Cabinet then should have been arrested for breaking the law. The law says that if you deduct from somebody’s salary, you must, you shall remit to the DSS.”
The prime minister went on to explain that it was through the efforts of his administration that the DSS still stands today.
“And when we got into office in 2000, the government of Dominica, between 1995 and 2000, had run up a debt to the DSS of $25 million and we had to repay this. And had it not been for this government coming to office, many of you who are now benefiting from the sustainable manner of the DSS would not have been able to get your benefits from DSS because they would have gone bankrupt had the United Workers Party stayed in office,” he continued.
Skerrit stressed that the government has been prudent in its practices and that benefits every Dominican in one way or another.