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‘8% pay cut for Ministers under a VIP Administration'- Hon Fahie

-continued his public meetings last one held in District 3
Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has promised the people of the Territory that, if his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is to win the next general elections, he along with all his Ministers of Government will take an 8 percent pay cut. Photo: Team of Reporters
Claude O. Skelton-Cline (right), former Managing Director of BVI Ports Authority and social commentator during the question and answer section of the public meeting. Photo: Team of Reporters
Claude O. Skelton-Cline (right), former Managing Director of BVI Ports Authority and social commentator during the question and answer section of the public meeting. Photo: Team of Reporters
Many residents raised concerns about the service and cost of the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme, the lack of post office mailbox service on Tortola, and the need for an independent integrity commission. Photo: Team of Reporters
Many residents raised concerns about the service and cost of the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme, the lack of post office mailbox service on Tortola, and the need for an independent integrity commission. Photo: Team of Reporters
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has promised the people of the Territory that, if his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is to win the next general elections, he along with all his Ministers of Government will take an 8 percent pay cut.

He said this would last until the economy of the Virgin Islands (VI) gets back on track as “me and my Cabinet must also feel the pain of the people we serve”.

Hon Fahie was speaking at the time at a community meeting in Sea Cows Bay last evening June 14, 2018, at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre, as part of a series of public meetings in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition.

In front of a modest crowd, Hon Fahie stuck to his script of bringing back integrity, accountability and transparency to the Government of the VI.

Legislative agenda

As he did at the meetings on the three sister islands, Hon Fahie who is also Chairman of the VIP said he would achieve this through his “legislative agenda” which he promised to have passed in the first six months of a Fahie Administration.

He again called at the Sea Cows Bay public meeting for ‘Whistle Blowing Legislation’ to help reduce government corruption and to protect civil servants from victimisation, once they make a report, as well as new legislation that caters for integrity in public life.

Another essential part of his legislative agenda—should his VIP take power—is a review of government’s procurement systems for contracts. This, in order to bring more accountability and fairness, he said to residents in Sea Cows Bay, that included the District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3).

Mr Fahie also raised the issues of strengthening fishing and sports Tourism and getting the people more involved in the economy and also hearing from the people more as “to what they want".

NDP poor financial stewards- Hon Fahie

He told the people that the National Democratic Party (NDP) has not been good stewards of our money as there is still no audited financial reports, “so we still do not know the state of our finances” and that when you have to borrow to cover your operation cost, it is like a household borrowing to “pay the light bill and buy food... that spells trouble”, the five-term elected Member noted.

The First District Representative who also dispelled rumors that he is running At-Large told the audience that the government rushed to borrow $65M, which they did a $15M drawdown and “to date no project has started, however, Government has paid almost $300,000 in interest inclusive of the funds received for the drawn down without any benefits".

Issues with NHI

There was a very active question and answer segment after Hon Fahie’s presentation. Many residents raised concerns about the service and cost of the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme, the lack of post office mailbox service on Tortola, and the need for an independent integrity commission.

On NHI, residents raised an alarm that a Board will decide on if a patient goes overseas for medical attention and that NHI will now determine which doctors are used.

There was confusion over if persons who are not working will get NHI coverage and Hon Fahie with the agreement of Hon Fraser conquered that was said during the NHI debate in the House of Assembly.

The Opposition Leader is doing a series of meeting throughout the Territory and said he is listening to the needs of the people, and bringing solitons to address them.

The date and place of his next meeting have not been announced.

27 Responses to “‘8% pay cut for Ministers under a VIP Administration'- Hon Fahie”

  • VG (15/06/2018, 12:01) Like (47) Dislike (3) Reply
    while Myrun tying to kill Ronnie and Doc Smith, Fahie is talking about the issues. can't wait until election yall
    • @VG (15/06/2018, 16:26) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
      Let Fahie be great! Why you folks always have to call Myron name buddy? Is Myron that strong a candidate? I guess so!
  • wow (15/06/2018, 12:39) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is solid stuff
    • ??? (18/06/2018, 12:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      What he didn't mention is that he will find a backdoor entry to cut the civil servants' salaries by 8% as well, and blame it on the NDP.
      • SMH (19/06/2018, 13:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Public Officers don’t make money so to cut their very small salary would be adding insult to injury. It’s over 10 years government haven’t had a salary reevaluation. Years public officers haven’t received an increment. These same workers go to work everyday and perform their duties in all types of unstable environments. Public officers have families to feed just like everyone else.
  • Okay now (15/06/2018, 12:39) Like (33) Dislike (9) Reply
    This man sounding more and more like a leader that I can now follow
  • Awesome (15/06/2018, 12:40) Like (32) Dislike (7) Reply
    The more I listen to Fahie the more I like how he has matured politically and personally.
  • First district (15/06/2018, 12:42) Like (48) Dislike (9) Reply
    The rest of the territory is seeing and hearing what we in the 1st District has always known...that Fahie is a genuine human being that is intelligent and a true leader.
  • NDP supporter (15/06/2018, 12:44) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
    I never liked this man at all but tell him keep talking and acting how he is doing and it wouldn't be long before he convinces me to support him as the next government and as Premier.
  • NDP supporter (15/06/2018, 12:44) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    I never liked this man at all but tell him keep talking and acting how he is doing and it wouldn't be long before he convinces me to support him as the next government and as Premier.
  • Hmmm (15/06/2018, 12:46) Like (6) Dislike (29) Reply
    Stop wasting your time because no one with a unpopular last name like Fahie can be any Premier of the BVI.
  • What? (15/06/2018, 12:48) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    What? Fraser was to a public meeting Fahie had? Mussy. I have seen it all now.
  • powerful (15/06/2018, 12:50) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is what I want to see and hear which is about the issues and the solutions. Keep it up Hon. Fahie. I am impressed.
  • l (15/06/2018, 12:50) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Is Claude a member of District 3? If not, he should not have been allowed to ask questions.
    • guy hill (15/06/2018, 13:19) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      It's a democracy we live in. I belive everyone has a right to attend any public meeting any where un the Virgin Islands and ask questions if they so desire.
  • Mel (15/06/2018, 13:37) Like (26) Dislike (16) Reply
    Why not take the pay cut now?
  • jokers (15/06/2018, 14:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    please cut back on some of those customs and departure tax pleaseeeee!!!!!!!!
    • Peppa (16/06/2018, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And decrease employee income tax to 3% after the first $15,000. Thanks much!
  • Lb (15/06/2018, 15:27) Like (58) Dislike (32) Reply
    This is weak! Nothing more than a political tactic. Taking that pay cut amounts to $60k total. Give me a break. Tell me what you are doing to boost Tourism. Tell me what alternative economies you are thinking about. Tell me how we will make up the difference in lost revenue from financial services. Tell me how you will empower BVIslanders. Tell me how you will address the banks and insurance companies raping us! That is what I want to hear. I don't care about 5 people salaries. Pay yourself more for all I care but tell me how you will fix our economic state! Stop with this old school politicking. It is boring and annoying! You are speaking to an intelligent voting population. Stop insulting us!
    • To Lb (15/06/2018, 15:44) Like (18) Dislike (20) Reply
      Talk things with sense. This is only an exert of a full meeting that had alot of good ideas on the way forward so stop speaking without Knowledge.
    • @Lb (15/06/2018, 16:13) Like (16) Dislike (20) Reply
      Foolish fooolish silly thing to say. Fahie making lots of sense stop insulting you self. If you so desire go ahead and support that corrupt nasty no direction of a party call ndp. Look around before you call people down who care about the economy. Look the premier out traveling talking bout he meeting them productive in Asia. Tell me if that translate to more money. These guys been flying around vacationing on taxpayers money for 7 years and nothing to show. So just shut up shut up man and let Fahie do the people work
      • Funny (15/06/2018, 21:25) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
        Funny how more people agree with LB than what agree with you. So you the one sounding foolish.
  • Concerned (15/06/2018, 16:04) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    8% is a pittance. How about 50%? Vote NDP. Let them come back and clean up their mess! Work for less and be more transparent!
  • Diplomat (15/06/2018, 20:11) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Propose taking at least a 10% pay cut now. This would be a good personal example. Additionally, proposing ditching the $2000 per months housing allowance for elected members. However, let’s not hold our collective breaths, for you will quicker see flying green mules. The government and opposition may be miles apart on issues but they are in synch on the housing allowance. Is the Hon Fraser still a member of the VIP and was he at the meeting. But again why would he, for he has forgotten Fahie’s name. If he is losing his memory, why should voters elect him? Of course, he is not losing his memory; he is just an arr.......t a....s.
  • God is watching us (15/06/2018, 21:30) Like (12) Dislike (17) Reply
    The thing is that when we are out of government we say and do one thing and when we are in we say and do another thing. I hope you keep to your promises. And that their allowances be more to take their districts forward and with accountability and genuinely due care for all.


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