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Blogs ‘a good way of hearing what people are saying’- Gov Jaspert

- but said he did not come with a hidden agenda
Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert (left) being sworn in as the 13th Governor of the Virgin Islands by Deputy Governor Mrs Rosalie Adams on August 22, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) has refused to demonstrate transparency, accountability and good governance, with years of financial reports yet to be brought to the House of Assembly (HoA), failing to pass the Freedom of Information Act, and flatly refusing to answer questions on transparency and accountability in the HoA or providing partial or inaccurate responses. Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) has refused to demonstrate transparency, accountability and good governance, with years of financial reports yet to be brought to the House of Assembly (HoA), failing to pass the Freedom of Information Act, and flatly refusing to answer questions on transparency and accountability in the HoA or providing partial or inaccurate responses. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has shot down the notion that he was sent to the Virgin Islands with a “hidden agenda”, contrary to what bloggers on local news sites have been suggesting.

Persons commenting on news sites have expressed the fear that Governor Jaspert, who succeeded Mr John S. Duncan OBE, was sent  to complete the mission of the previous governor, which allegedly is to investigate and possible prosecute Government officials and or ultimately impose direct rule.

These fears have been strong among some persons since the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) has refused to demonstrate transparency, accountability and good governance, with years of financial reports yet to be brought to the House of Assembly (HoA), failing to pass the Freedom of Information Act, and flatly refusing to answer questions on transparency and accountability in the HoA or providing partial or inaccurate responses.

There have also been allegations of corruption on several major projects and a project of one minister is currently under investigation.

I didn’t come with set of agenda

But according to Governor Jaspert, speaking to reporters at Government House on August 29, 2017, it is not his desire to see heads roll.

"I hope that no heads actually do not physically roll," said Gov Jaspert, while stating that he has learnt not to think too much about every comment on a blog site.

"I didn't come here with a set agenda in the lines of what some of the people in the blogs have been saying."

The Governor, who at age 38 makes him the youngest member of Cabinet, said one cannot be too obsessed about the blogs “but they are a good way of hearing what some people are saying."

He added that the only agenda he has is about making the “state even better and taking this territory forward to the future."

Governor Jasert was keen in noting; however, that there are areas where persons need to be held accountable. "I expect the institutions to be holding them to account."

6 Responses to “Blogs ‘a good way of hearing what people are saying’- Gov Jaspert”

  • street runnings (04/09/2017, 08:50) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    He will be well informed by the leader of the opposition and the blogs
  • Eagle Eye (04/09/2017, 09:02) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Investigate them governor you are here to work.the bvi should have been a lot further than where it's at today.
  • myrun (04/09/2017, 10:06) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not when 75% of the blogs are from ndp paid bloggers
  • Political Observer (PO) (04/09/2017, 11:56) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Guv, stop it. Do not insult our intelligence. Even if you were sent with a hidden agenda, the 6 or 7 seven billion people in the world would be shocked if you told us so saying that you were not is just idle diplomat chatter. That is what you are expected say. Are not Brits master of diplomacy. As I said in another blog, you are running your mouth too much too early. Take a day or two to find your way around, get a feel for the culture, learn the lay of the land, engage with the people........etc. Major policy decisions will come. It is admirable that you want to hit the ground running like Usain Bolt in the 100 meter dash in the London Olympics. Model your approach to things like the tortoise, not the hare. We know what happened to the hare. Haste makes waste. Do not rush the brush for you will get darb. Exercise some media discipline; media is thirsty for information but be patient and deliberate.
  • wize up (05/09/2017, 18:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    most of the governors are very buddy for the first 3 years and six month: just like your elected set: one only see them just before an election....just before the governor is scheduled to leave BVI is when we hear most from them on policy


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