Prime Minister Skerrit wants Doctorate to Serve as Impetus for National Development.
Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit has called on Dominicans to use his honorary doctorate as an engine for further nation building.
The Prime Minister arrived at Canefield airport on Tuesday 2, March to a massive welcome after the honorary doctorate was conferred on him by the Lovely University of Punjab, India.
He added that he would dedicate it to the people of Dominica.
” I shall use this occasion my dear brothers and sisters to recommit myself to the task of nation building, to the task of improving the lives of so many Dominicans. I shall celebrate this achievement by working harder in the service of Dominica and its wonderful people. I want you to do the same ladies and gentlemen. Believe in this country, uphold its laws, respect its institutions because we have a wonderful island to build, we have the next generation to mold. Let us use the occasion of this international recognition to recommit ourselves to the cause of nation building.”
Hundreds of Dominicans were in attendance to show support to the Nation’s Prime Minister.
He also responded to his critics who question the value of his latest achievement.
“I do not know why others are getting themselves so flustered over this award. If it has no value, why are they bothered about it? You should not worry about worthless things. If you think that being recognised and honoured by the number one university in the most populated country in the world is not worthy of note then stop letting it bother you.
PM Skerrit continued,” but since I believe that it is of concern to our detractors in the UWP that I got an award and their leader got none, I shall speak to the principal of the Dominica Grammar School tomorrow and seek out an honorary CXC certificate for the leader of the opposition Lennox Linton,” he said.
Meantime, President of the Dominica Labour Party, Education Minister Petter St. Jean says Mr. Skerrit has earned his latest achievement.
He says the Prime Minister, a former Education Minister has transformed the education landscape.
” This education revolution has touched every family, every community, every constituency. It has touched every social class, every race, every gender, every age and I dare say Hon. Prime Minister, every colour. The education revolution has restructured access to early childhood education, it has transformed primary education and opened the doors to secondary education so wide that it has actually become universal. You sir have democratised tertiary education that we are now well on our way to having a university graduate in every household around this country.”