Roosevelt-SkerritHonourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica has called on Dominican fathers to take up their responsibility and care for their children.

The Prime Minister’s remarks came as he addressed the recent closing ceremony of the Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Manicure/Pedicure Apprenticeship Training Module at the Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth in Portsmouth.

119 persons, mostly single mothers, completed the hospitality training module, which was organized through the Dominica Employment and Small Business Support Agency of the Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs and received their skills certificates from the Dominica State College (DSC).

He reflected on a statement made by culinary art trainee, who is also a single mother and has been able to successfully partake in the training.

The Prime Minister reportedly stated that the men cannot leave it to the women alone to take care of the children.

 “You cannot come and say you love her and you have children with her and just turn your back. The children need the financial and emotional support of the fathers as well. It is a shame to any man in the world, Dominica included, where a mother has to take the father of her child to court to give her something for this child every week, every month. You cannot do that,” the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Skerrit is the father of two boys, Malik and Dmitry Skerrit.

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