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A tale of corruption; the Myron Walwyn ESHS wall- Report

-Ministry of Finance & PWD shut out!, prices tripled over market value
October 11th, 2018 | Tags:
By now the political class and other interest groups would have had sight of a Special Report commissioned by a former Governor into a small wall built by the Co-Leader of Government business and Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
Governor into a small wall built by the Co-Leader of Government business and Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
Governor into a small wall built by the Co-Leader of Government business and Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - By now the political class and other interest groups would have had sight of a Special Report commissioned by a former Governor into a small wall built by the Co-Leader of Government business and Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

The price tag for the wall, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable  D. Orlando Smith (AL),  was $1.6M.

The Education  Minister’s Permanent Secretary, who is the accounting officer for her Ministry, said, as part of the wall investigation, she had little to do with the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Wall, as it was the exclusive domain and pet project of Hon Walwyn.

In the Auditor General's, Ms. Sonia M. Webster, investigation,  she confirmed the project was managed by the Ministry for Education and Culture, which outsourced these duties to an independent contractor without adequate oversight or the involvement of the Ministry of Finance Project Management Unit or the Public Works Department.”

The Auditor General stated that “the list of contractors used on the project was provided by the Minister for Education and Culture.  There was no consultation with the Ministry of Finance Project Management Unit or the Public Works Department to receive a copy of the authorized contactors.”

Myron Walwyn broke the law & defy Cabinet

Mr Walwyn  broke the law, as he was in violation of the Government’s Public Finance Management Regulations, where it “requires government officers to obtain a list of pre-qualified contractors from the Ministry of Finance for procurement services and construction works where there has been no tender process.”

In more alarming details in the Special Report, Ms Webster stated that PWD, “who is equipped to provide architectural, quantity surveying, contracting and project management services was not involved.” 

She noted that “PWD regularly undertakes wall construction projects of this type and could have designed, planned and supervised the works without additional costs of a private project manager.”

With a deliberate attempt to keep other government agencies out, Mr Walwyn hired SA Architects. 

The Auditor General noted that the Ministry of Finance Project Management Unit was not engaged “despite Cabinet’s requirement that the Ministry should involve this Unit to assist with the Management of the project.”

Minister Defied 

The Ministry for Education and Culture defied Cabinet and had SA Architect, “perform all technical aspects of the project and provided supervision of its implementation” she wrote.

The tale of violation continues, as Ms Webster stated, “there was no segregation of duties or secondary checks....This allowed for incongruences in the bill of quantities to go uncorrected and contactors to be paid for unfinished work, resulting in a project that was incomplete and over-costed.”

Wall costs, up some 65 per cent, as to public works  rate, in her detailed report the Auditor General stated that analysis indicated the PWD construction costs varied from $175.26 to $236.01 per square yard.  

“The average cost per square yard for PWD reinforced block wall was $201.14 compare with the cost per square yard of the ESHS perimeter wall which was $530.23.  In some cases the Hon Walwyn small wall price according to the report doubled and tribble over market value.

In the tale of corruption,  the report stated that rails which were mounted in a 10 feet by 3 feet area above the short walls, were costed for 70 square feet; the actual computed area is 30 square feet. Wall painting was costed at 80 square yards; the actual computed area was 32.4 square yard (both sides)

If this was not enough the, “rust prime and pint bars was costed for 33 square yards but actuallly computed it is 6.6 square yard (both sides)” according to the ESHS Wall report.

45 Responses to “A tale of corruption; the Myron Walwyn ESHS wall- Report ”

  • poor man (11/10/2018, 17:19) Like (46) Dislike (23) Reply
    I bet he won't spend a day in jail
    • good details (12/10/2018, 08:46) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      Big up Vino for giving us the details. The other sites to busy selling Walwyn story and blaming the auditor they forget to read the report and inform us the tax payers why he spent so much money on this wall. They are a part of the problem. This man needs jailing.
    • Don’t Worry (12/10/2018, 16:08) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
      MW I will still vote for you. You are still better than ALL! You stumbled here but others on both sides did much worst. Even the man of God like he forgot his sins. Those without sin in the HOA cast the first stone. Learn from this trial and overcome. God bless you and be merciful to you, may His face shine upon you and give you peace. Favour!!
      • pico (12/10/2018, 20:22) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        @ Don’t Worry. Really, people like you should not be calling God name, condoning and supporting wrong doing. God don’t like ugly so you go take a back seat.
        • Well (13/10/2018, 22:59) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
          Thankful God isn’t like you. He without sin cast the first stone. We still appreciate you MW. Dust off and start to run boy don’t let them keep you down a lot still got your back.
    • the rock (13/10/2018, 04:50) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      did you not listen to the press conference, the man defended himself perfectly, only one thing i did not agree on-he had no csll saying it was a mistake to hire the petty workers, thst little work meant so much to them, i am one of them, in times like these we need more of that work to give out. thank you Hon Walwin.
  • Oh My (11/10/2018, 17:20) Like (53) Dislike (6) Reply
    This needs a full criminal investigation right away. Governor and commissioner of police get up and do your work please. Don't cover this up.
  • okay (11/10/2018, 17:22) Like (62) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is how he can buy drinks for all of us every night & every week from east to west. We drinking our tax money all the time and didn't know.
  • SHAME (11/10/2018, 17:23) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    The Minister has disgraced the name of Elmore Stoutt.
    • The Hooded Claw (12/10/2018, 08:49) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
      Yes very shameful. How dare this minister look out for the little man. Why he gave all these young contractor a chance to make some money.??This is unacceptable! I wonder if Andrew would divide this project so that everyone got a piece? I don't think he would!
  • People (11/10/2018, 17:24) Like (62) Dislike (5) Reply
    All of this can be explained in one word: CORRUPTION!
  • Not good (11/10/2018, 17:24) Like (37) Dislike (2) Reply
    This Minister continues to disgrace the BVI
  • Waiting (11/10/2018, 17:25) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    He will try to talk his way out of this but it will not work. Save your talk for the police.
  • I HOPE (11/10/2018, 17:26) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
    I hope the DPP does her work and don't let justice down.
  • just asking... (11/10/2018, 17:38) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is he locked up yet?
  • Mat lock (11/10/2018, 17:42) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    Then this man they called Myron, jumped into a hasty press conference trying to justify his actions and bringing the reputable office of the Auditor General into question. Mr. Governor please institute a criminal investigation into this whole wall fiasco. Don’t let this bright lawyer who purport to know it all get away with this.
  • Robinhood (11/10/2018, 17:53) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    He calling the names of Civil Servants, what about the names he not calling.
  • jokers (11/10/2018, 18:30) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
  • white colour (11/10/2018, 18:47) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Jail bird
  • west man (11/10/2018, 18:58) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    Look how Steve allowed mvw to spoil his good name
  • Pride comes... (11/10/2018, 19:31) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    The man said to himself... I don’t have to answer to anyone, I will do as I please!
  • balo (11/10/2018, 19:35) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
    Check sa architect bank records you will find a link to myron
  • allen (11/10/2018, 19:53) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    They will get you bro...
  • Hmmmm (11/10/2018, 20:43) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Pumpkin gotta be wiping he lips
    Thinkin bout who mite come up d hill Lol
  • old (11/10/2018, 21:10) Like (37) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is time for some of these minister to go to jail .ndp do us real Bad..
  • again (11/10/2018, 21:24) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    SA again. Did he not make enough from TPP. Raping taxpayers without a condom.
  • Hmmm (11/10/2018, 22:12) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    All these government are the same but NDP did the worst, they made history.
  • Only in the BVI (11/10/2018, 23:19) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    If what I am reading is a factual account, this is a downright disgrace. It reeks of corruption, and it is an insult to every person who pays taxes in the BVI.
    It gets more and more embarrassing to constantly hear, 'anything goes in the BVI'. How can this stigma be removed if this is what we are getting from elected representatives, who should know better, and who should be setting example? The government is supposed to be guided by the Protocols for Effective Financial Management, but the case above shows that this was cunningly circumvented. The number of contractors used on the project, as reported in other online stories, is scandalous (around 70-80). Checks and balances went through the window; Payroll Tax, Social Security and NHI compliance were effectively skirted, the standards of work the 'contractors' were capable of performing was ignored and most likely significantly breached, and the list goes on and on. To add insult to injury, the perpetrator ran to clear their 'good' name, no doubt forgetting that two wrongs can never make a right.
    This is wasteful spending, and it is obvious that it was done to garner supporters and votes - at taxpayers' expense.
    Only, only, only in the BVI. If certain politicians feel and act as if they are above the law and are getting away with it, how can this place get any better? And we call these people honourable?
    It is only in the BVI people can flaunt wrongdoings and are still held in high esteem. It is about time this nonsense stops and wrongdoers are appropriately punished. Until this happens, this place will continue to be like the wild, Wild West, with no regard for law and order.
  • HELP HELP HELP (11/10/2018, 23:43) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    We need help. This is too much now.
    • Who 70 (12/10/2018, 08:01) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why 70 contractors. How was the work divided? This is the information I am waiting on..
  • the rock (12/10/2018, 02:47) Like (13) Dislike (42) Reply
    all you all a$$ holes wanting to see the man fall, that will never happen, he helps those that cant help themselves, do good and good will always follow you. God bless you Myron.
    • Chuppppessssss (12/10/2018, 07:39) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      Who waiting to see Myron fall..... eh?????? Right this right and wrong is f..king wrong. Frigggg. Is allyuh so who getting hand outs can see no wrong.
    • wounded soldier (12/10/2018, 08:37) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
      Lesson to all of us.. There is no loyalty from humans.. Myron was a soldier a General in the war The fight for NDP two time victory. Now he appears to be wounded. They turn their backs.. Myron u will recover. . most of all, you will learn and become a better man... You will learn that most of the people close to you can't be trusted, most of them are on your bus for a free ride.. My brother.. Its not looking good.. Go listen some Bob Marley music. U will get wisdom and strength.. . Just a few lyrics.. "When the race get hard to run and it seems like we can't take the pace, like a ship tast in grievance battered by the angry Sea, everyday friends go let you down but Jah will be waiting there to see you through" .".They got so much things to say right now they got so much things to say but when the rain falls it don't fall on one man's house top" ....Bob Marley the prophet.
      • Maryland (12/10/2018, 12:48) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Wounded Soldier, thank you for your comment. I agree with everything you have said. I am glad he see who the TRUE SEWER RATS are.
    • To rock (12/10/2018, 08:51) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      No one want to see anyone fall but whatever happen here he brought it on himself. No one is above the law. Wrong is wrong no matter who it is so stop talking nonsense.
    • @the rock2 (12/10/2018, 09:26) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      You don't get it do you. He isn't helping you he is helping himself. He uses people like you to get what he wants. If you doubt me go to his restaurants every day and ask for a free meals. See how much help you will get there. Government money is for the betterment of everyone for the entire territory. Not just people he feels he can influence for his own benefit.
  • @the rock (12/10/2018, 06:17) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
    I agree with you on this. Let them gloat, laugh and rejoice all they want. My grandmother always said, when you gloat, laugh and rejoice on another man or woman to stumble and fall, yours is waiting right around the corner. That is how these people are in this place. Everyone that had a hand in this is going to get there's in due time.
  • guy hill (12/10/2018, 07:01) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wrong don't become right because it's accepted by a majority. The issue here seems to be leaning towards an abuse of processes. Should it be a cause for concern? Yes it does.
  • Think N..Payroll. (12/10/2018, 07:57) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    70 contractors. Each contractor with one worker is 140 workers on the payroll at an average pay of $800.00 per a worker per a week for 10 weeks. That's in the region on 1.1 Million in salaries. Add materials another 2 to 3 hundred thousands, This doesn't justify the huge over cost. . Someone had to be responsible for value for money.. Daily inspection of work. Signing off on payments.. That person failed big time... At the end of the day the buck stop with the boss. He has to answer..
  • pico (12/10/2018, 09:26) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh boy, the AG really hit him where it hurts, all of a sudden he becomes expert in everything to include accounting and engineering. Here it is, an Audit was ordered to be done by the chief auditor. What happened, Myron did not wait, instead he contracted an independent auditing firm, BCQS. Why will he do that if there was nothing to worry about. If I pay you to do something for me, I will guess that the end result will some how bein my favor. He can say what he wants, this report is damaging to him so he trying his best to twist and turn things. Ah smell a rat in the ESHS wall, it smelling bad and it smell like corruption to me.
  • well saw (12/10/2018, 10:46) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this the audit for that wall; I wonder what the ones for the Pier Park and other projects done especially under the MoC&W.
  • What!! (12/10/2018, 11:52) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    70 or 80 contractors each giving a little kick back adds up to a lot of $$$.
  • ReX FeRal (13/10/2018, 04:02) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be careful the youths change their minds.
  • Lunch money (14/10/2018, 17:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So now we know the details , but where has the money gone. Was it back handers or taxing of payments , and did the money flow uphill

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