On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit gave announcement during a special interview on State-Owned Radio DBS. He reported that his government is not ruling out the possibility of a legal battle between Dominica and Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM).
Located in island’s second town Portsmouth, RUSM’s has been a huge source of income for the town for many years. In August 2018 RUSM’s parent company, Adtalem Global, announced that the university was leaving Dominica after 40 years and from January this year, the company started operating in Barbados.
“We are not ruling this out because we believe that, my view to the government is that we should pursue Ross where compensation is concerned,” he said. “We had a lease agreement with Ross, Ross broke the lease unilaterally and there are several of our citizens who would have invested based on the lease with Ross, specifically to Ross and I believe that we very well may pursue Ross where compensation is concerned.”
Skerrit further stated that his government is in a stronger position to continue engaging partners interested in replacing RUSM.
He continued, “Ross took a decision by itself there is nothing that Ross ask the government to do that the government did not do.”
According to Skerrit, as a matter of fact the firm decision by the government was to focus on the campus of Ross, “so we got lights back at Ross before anywhere else, we got water back at Ross first before anywhere else, we got internet connected at Ross before anywhere else, we engaged Ross by indicated to Ross what else do we need to do?”
He mentioned further that some of the buildings that got affected by Hurricane Maria were buildings that were part of the partnership agreement to be replaced with all of the concessions granted to Ross.
“These were not buildings that were built recently that got damaged, these were buildings that had to be replaced anyway, based on the 25 year agreement we had with them,” Skerrit explained.