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BVI Airways, Ports Audit, Recovery Board; We need answers- Hon Fahie

- Opposition Leader to pepper Premier with Questions @ March 1, 2018 HoA sitting
Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, will be posing a number of questions to Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) to bring about accountability and transparency when the House of Assembly meets on March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
The House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands is scheduled to meet on March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
The House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands is scheduled to meet on March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
The current status of the Cruise Pier Port Development Project investigation and whether the Government will be getting back the $7.2M given to BVI Airways will be asked in the House of Assembly on March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
The current status of the Cruise Pier Port Development Project investigation and whether the Government will be getting back the $7.2M given to BVI Airways will be asked in the House of Assembly on March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was our newsroom, on February 19, 2018 that first and accurately reported that the House of Assembly (HoA) will be meeting on March 1, 2018 and will be returning to the Parliament building in Road Town.

It will also be a day to hear the Speech from the Throne, a colonial and Westminster system of government practice.

Another highlight on the Order Paper is questions from the Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to the Premier and Leader of Government Business.

Hon Fahie, the fiery Leader and Chairman of the main Opposition Virgin Islands Party, and others say the 'Premier in waiting', will be asking a variety of questions from BVI Airways, the Ports Audit and the controversial Recovery Board.

Questions on BVI Airways

Hon Fahie is to ask Dr Smith to provide an update “in full detail on what measure(s) have been taken by the government to recover the over seven million dollars paid out to BVI Airways for the airline agreement between them and the Government of the Virgin Islands.”

The public will recall that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government gave away tax payers money to the tune of $7.2 Million to a bankrupt airline with a promise of direct flights between Miami International Airport in Florida, USA and the Terrence B. Lettome International Airport on Beef Island.

Two years later, the airline is yet to take flight.

Over $40M over run on Ports Project; No one held to account

In addition, the Leader of the Opposition is to ask the Premier and Minister of Finance to inform the public on the current status of the Cruise Pier Port Development Project investigation, with the on-going forensic audit.

It was three years ago that the former governor, John S. Duncan OBE refused to conduct a commission of inquired into the ports project even after reports showed there was conflict of interest and lack of value for money.

However, the Smith Administration announced in 2016 that it was conducting their own audit. To date the report is not forthcoming.

Who is on your Recovery Board Mr Premier?

Another of the many questions to be asked by Hon Fahie is about the controversial Recovery Board that many consider a parallel government. It’s to control all funds for the post hurricanes recovery process because the United Kingdom Government has no trust or faith in the NDP to manage the money.

Mr Fahie will ask: “Madam Speaker, could the Premier and Minister of Finance please inform this Honourable House, if there exist or existed an interim Recovery/Development Agency Board or Committee or working group?

i)  If the answer is yes to any of the above, then please inform which one(s) were approved by Cabinet and if not, then state who approved its formation?

ii)  State who approved the composition of each or all?

iii) State who approved the Terms of Reference of each or all?

iv) Who approved the composition of each or all and state the Terms of Reference for each and the Membership of each?”

The HoA is to be aired live on CBN Radio Station 90.9 FM from 10:00 AM on Thursday March 1, 2018.

31 Responses to “BVI Airways, Ports Audit, Recovery Board; We need answers- Hon Fahie”

  • vex (27/02/2018, 17:17) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    You go fahie
  • Diplomat (27/02/2018, 17:42) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The colonial Westminster style of parliamentary meeting is an anachronism; it is olde fashioned like the constant bellowing of Madame Speaker; it is not 21st Century. Why do questiions have to be submitted ahead of time? Ministers should be able to answer any reasonable question posed to them. Additional information on questions can be provided later. The current practice is highly sanitized and spinned. It is almost an exercise in futility. Nonetheless, the Premier needs to provide complete and unspinned answered to 1) $7.2M BVI Airways, a bruk airline, give away. A commission of enquiry is needed, 2) Tortola Pier Park construction, especially the approx $35-40M cost over run. Commission of enquiry is needed, 3) composition of recovery board. This should be an easy answer, 4)how was the $3.6B recovery cost computed, 5) why was government so ill-prepared for the disaster, 6) why are festivals not being cancelled for 2018, 7) how much money is in the unreserved fund?, 8)is the territory ready for 2018 hurricane season, 9)what is the status of the consumer protection agency? 10)what is the proposed fix for problematic property and casualty insurance problems, 11) what is the plan for investing the remaining approx $3B in the recovery estimate, 12) why did the UK lost trust in the VI financial management ability, 13) what is the plan to address rising property and violent crime, especilly gun crimes, 14)what is the plan to address skyrocketing cost of living, 15) what is the plan to fix the roads properly, 16) when will telecommunications service be improved, 17) when are the prisoners returning, 18)will the bloated civil service be cut.........etc.
    • Disinterested (01/03/2018, 16:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let me see. You want.government to address this myriad of problems?
  • wize up (27/02/2018, 18:03) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    this life is really funny: the good “gentleman” is pals with former big-man for the same ports: i would think it should easyer for him to simply ask “his comrade” a few questions about the affairs of the port; geting all of his requested updates strength from the horse’s mouth(just thoughts)..because the good gentleman keep asking the same questions from last year but I guess if at first you don’t succeed try try try again(WoW)
    • TO WIZE UP (27/02/2018, 20:42) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      So base on what you are saying then everyone who appears on the former big man's radio show are pals? That is a hell of a conclusion.
      • wize up (28/02/2018, 07:30) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
        do have time to speak factually about that 600 thousand dollars under the former administration:
        stay there pretending you don’t know what going on but you don’t know ask somebody....but your question is a good one: if you truly want answers to a question who better to ask!!!(you sounds like a reasonable think person....I am not implementing anything so stop assuming or putting word in my mouth....keep the faith because at end the day the funds still accounted for(I don’t have it, so your concerns have nothing to with my black a$&?
        • TO WIZE UP (28/02/2018, 11:29) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
          If the funds under the previous administration is not accounted for then let who get it and can't account for it answer for it because it surely wouldn't be Fahie having to answer. Likewise let who in this administration who throw away over $200 million answer for it but this one might include some ministers.
  • tristan (27/02/2018, 18:30) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sick and tired of ndp now man. Hope them never resurrect thm ugly head again. I so vex how they f up the place. If they know wha good for them.
  • qc (27/02/2018, 19:21) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wish someone could explain what types of truths we will get, half, none or some
  • Hmmm (27/02/2018, 19:24) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes Mr fahie now these are the issues you should be hitting.
  • pat (27/02/2018, 19:28) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    A step in the right direction Hon Fahie
  • 911 (27/02/2018, 19:30) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply

    The NDP is the party of hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy. Hopefully our country can last until nest election.
  • Hmmm (27/02/2018, 19:39) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    Orlando and the NDP cannot be trusted.
  • my my my (27/02/2018, 19:41) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much corruption. No one is in jail for our hard earn tax money going through the door into pockets.
  • FRANK (27/02/2018, 19:45) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    When voted out of office, if found guilty, will they go to HMP or continue to live shamelessly amounts us?
    • wize up (27/02/2018, 21:22) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ frank: is so funny how some folks is sent off to HMP for a dime bag however some folks takes millions in the country and not one fu(& happens.
  • NezRez (27/02/2018, 22:05) Like (4) Dislike (15) Reply
    Same old VIP and there any group of positive young blood out there......someone.....anyone? Gawd, I can’t take this anymore.
    • To NezRez (28/02/2018, 11:36) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      It matters not what group you bring. The issue is leadership. I am an NDP supporter or was one but I also worked with Fahie in the past and I am taking my chances with him because he is a true leader. So don't mind the fee critics.
  • ......................... (27/02/2018, 22:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I like this Andrew on to issues from the constant criticisms
  • Boo (27/02/2018, 22:33) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
    Andrew keep whipping them! We know if you get in you won't be much better but while you are in opposition keep the pressure on.
    • Young Doc Smith. (28/02/2018, 06:30) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
      Andrew is like a younger version of Doctor Smith. A good and likeable person but not a very good and strong leader.. We need strong leaders in these times that put people first not corporation and own interest..
      • @Tong Doc Smith (28/02/2018, 11:39) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
        That is an insult to Fahie. It is the stupidest thing I ever heard. Fahie is a true leader. A strong leader and a person who loves the BVI and will do GREAT things as the leader of the BVI. No one can compare to Orlando so just stop this ignorance. There's no comparison.
    • TO boo (28/02/2018, 11:41) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fahie will be much better than what we have now. In addition I want all 5 ministers voted out of office because they continue to sit down and quietly vote for Orlando to get to do the nonsense he's doing. They are just as bad or worse.
  • ndp (28/02/2018, 00:14) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    From the looks of the comments , NDP is hated
  • BoSang (28/02/2018, 02:30) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    They will live. They got no dam shame.
  • Back Benchers (28/02/2018, 06:26) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    What are they doing? Why are they so quiet? With all their power they are very disappointing. Hope all of them get vote out. Set of cowards.
    • Blind (28/02/2018, 12:59) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      You think they weren't promised their share of the millions to take care of their districts and campaign come the next few months? Stop being stupid! Everyone is in their worrying about next term so you all keep fighting among each other about party this and that, they don't give a rats ass about we.
  • vip (28/02/2018, 09:40) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can't wait for the next election
  • Abba (28/02/2018, 11:37) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    no better than Sabba. They all one of the same kind. They bang their mouths in opposition and bag their pockets when in govt
    • To abba (28/02/2018, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You just want company with the shame you are feeling because your NDP let you down. Everyone isn't like them.
  • Shoes got dirty (17/03/2018, 23:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Education is knowledge but common sense is better all of the men.are only one thing lacking they need Jeus in there hearts they let down the children and the money fool them the got to do thing right man good honest governance for all VIP they put there hands in the cookie jar.what they think.there pot turn down no they.saying things about ndp.because they want power millions and millions gone out the door by VIP why they talking foolish meat with out bone for we tax payers they got no worry think before you talk all of them man like money stop fight up Your self for ndp or VIP win you still got to work your bottom off to pay your bills talk.the truth we children need love to much father's sit on the street corners instead of going home they lost there children to drugs no examples in our communities to look up to we better put in sukie to show us how to see and don't see we need to stop pointing fingers and be real citizens stop fighting Nd learn to love each.other and treat each other with respect from God oh.oh May God help us

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