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Another Christmas in ‘far from ideal conditions’- Gov Jaspert

- Said he hopes 2020 will see positive growth for all
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has lamented that another Christmas season has met persons living and working in ‘far from ideal conditions’, two years following hurricanes Irma and Maria.
One of the major achievements of the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Government in its short time in office was the repair of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) L-Shaped Building, which has since been renamed the L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, to allow the school to return to whole day sessions. Photo: VINO/File
One of the major achievements of the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Government in its short time in office was the repair of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) L-Shaped Building, which has since been renamed the L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, to allow the school to return to whole day sessions. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) cuts the ribbon to symbolise the reopening of the West End Port on August 2, 2019. The facilioty had remained closed since the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) cuts the ribbon to symbolise the reopening of the West End Port on August 2, 2019. The facilioty had remained closed since the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The Central Administration Complex, which was ravaged by the hurricanes of September 2017, is the hub of Government as it houses the ministries of government and several government departments. The new Government announced in August it would repair the facility as civil servants had endured long enough. Work has since commenced. Photo: VINO/File
The Central Administration Complex, which was ravaged by the hurricanes of September 2017, is the hub of Government as it houses the ministries of government and several government departments. The new Government announced in August it would repair the facility as civil servants had endured long enough. Work has since commenced. Photo: VINO/File
A building on Virgin Gorda yet to be repaired following the hurricanes of 2017. Photo: VINO
A building on Virgin Gorda yet to be repaired following the hurricanes of 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It appears His Excellency Governor Augustus J.U Jaspert is not too impressed by the state of recovery since the 2017 hurricanes destroyed the Virgin Islands.

Governor Jaspert said it is no easy feat for him that another Christmas season, two years later, has met persons living and working in “far from ideal conditions.”

“To be honest, it pains me when I see people still living in homes that are damaged or to see public servants still working in offices that are damaged and haven’t been repaired. This needs addressing, and we must continue to prioritise, and I hope that some progress can be made and support those in need,” he said during a press conference at the Governor’s House on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

The ousted National Democratic Party (NDP) was criticised for not doing enough to help persons recover following the devastating hurricanes of September 2017 and also not moving fast enough to repair Government facilities that were damaged, including structures that would have brought in much needed revenue to the Territory.

When the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) swept to power in February 2019 it quickly began to focus on restoring critical facilities, one of which was the West End Port, a major revenue earner.

Repairs have also started on the Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal Administration Complex, which houses the bulk of the Government offices.

One of the major achievements of the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Government inits short time in office was the repair of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) L-Shaped Building, which has since been renamed the L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, to allow the school to return to whole day sessions.

Governor Jaspert; however, wants to see more done.

“I will never think enough is being done until that is fixed. More importantly, I won’t ever think enough is being done until the Territory uses the opportunity, whilst it was never an opportunity that we wanted, the destruction in 2017, but using that opportunity to rebuild even better,” he stated.

Hope Government keeps its word!

The United Kingdom representative said he is hopeful that the Virgin Islands Government keeps its word in moving recovery full steam ahead in the New Year.

“Looking ahead, I hope that 2020 will be positive growth for us all with development and recovery underpinned by tangible government reforms,” he added.

“That is something the government has committed to doing, and I hope in 2020 things move forward, that we have the structures ready to move forward, we have the offer of the loan guarantee from the UK which has now been there for over two years, we have donors who want to move on, and I hope decisions are made to enable us to move forward,” His Excellency surmised.

20 Responses to “Another Christmas in ‘far from ideal conditions’- Gov Jaspert”

  • Sue (17/12/2019, 14:32) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Increment please
  • $10million in salaries (17/12/2019, 14:45) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    Perhaps if the Governor/UK directed funds towards redevelopment rather than expat salaries they could also be part of the solution, what a waste of money
  • one eye (17/12/2019, 15:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hummmmm
  • Excellency (17/12/2019, 15:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very good!
  • wha ayo seh? (17/12/2019, 15:38) Like (5) Dislike (19) Reply
    THE VIP HAS GOT TO GO
  • Batsu (17/12/2019, 17:09) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
    UK cold miserable and Brexit failing. We want a woman governor or even a black governor who understands the needs of Virgin Islands people next. No more colonial type governors who complain and pass the buck.
    • @Batsu (17/12/2019, 19:50) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Your an a$$ if you don't know that in many cases a woman is worse especially to other women. And, as for a black ... well what the current government doing? At least you get crumbs from the white man if even he fills his pocket with most of it. Blah blah blah
  • please (17/12/2019, 17:32) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    This Governor needs to go sit down.
    • asking for a friend (18/12/2019, 10:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hope what they saying about the governor is not true I know he not trying to fight against the people elected government or has and anti democratic agenda
      • Wat you think (22/12/2019, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        With a gloomy, depressing message like that, this governor does not have the people of the Virgin Islands anywhere near to his heart.
  • bikes (17/12/2019, 18:56) Like (10) Dislike (18) Reply
    Governor you need to do something about these 600cc bikes the VIP are insisting on allowing. Please stop it.
    • Street reporter (18/12/2019, 06:49) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      This VIP government ain't ready. The governor recognizes that... This is his way of telling us.
      • @Street Reporter (19/12/2019, 08:21) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        VIP is not the issue at all. The real issue is that this governor is the most immature governor that we have ever seen. He behaves like a spoiled child. He needs to go.
  • kkk (17/12/2019, 21:21) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just hope that’s not this governor code word for racism
  • Talking Governor (18/12/2019, 06:46) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    This Governor just talk talk talk...He has the power to correct lots of wrong. He does nothing but talk talk talk...
  • overseas (18/12/2019, 10:12) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    When this governor was to lock up the NDP for 8 years of corruption HE DID NOTHING SO HE HAS NO MORE CREDIBILITY IN THE BVI
  • Hmmmm (20/12/2019, 13:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now that the current Government underthe leadership of Andrew Fahie has turned loose hundreds of less than welcome immigrants to claim UK status,at a time when the UK is shifting and trying to steady itself, and deporting Caribbean immigrants regularly,we should expect little from the Governor via the UK. I would also expect a lack luster guaranteed loan package take it or leave it when and if .
  • Governor Grinch (21/12/2019, 05:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This governor is a beacon of depression and negativity. But we know what this is about. Its is about trying to bully our VI Government into taking the UK loan guarantee because the UK's terms are ridiculous and the VI will not be able maintain those ratios, so the UK will get a license to move in. We smarter than that Grinch.
  • Grants (21/12/2019, 05:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the UK so concerned about BVI people, why did they not give us grants instead of guaranteeing loans which the BVI will have to pay back.


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