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Confusion over gov't salary pay! 2 statutory bodies struggle to pay

Some civil servants have complained that they are still to receive their salaries for the period ending September 30, 2017. Photo: VINO
The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has been accused of financial mismanagement, including on the controversial wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School and on the BVI Airways deal, which seems to have gone sour. Photo: VINO/
The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has been accused of financial mismanagement, including on the controversial wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School and on the BVI Airways deal, which seems to have gone sour. Photo: VINO/
The public has held the Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), accountable for the Tortola Pier Park project. Photo: VINO/File
The public has held the Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), accountable for the Tortola Pier Park project. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- First it was Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) who assured civil servants about two weeks ago that their September 30, 2017 wages, which were delayed, will be paid.

Then as early as last week Deputy Governor Rosalie Adams also confirmed in a press statement via the Government Information Services that salaries for all civil servants owed from September 30, 2017 will be paid.

Well there seems to be widespread confusion as most civil servants told our newsroom that they received their September 30, 2017 wages; however, upwards of 10% still insisted to our newsroom that they were not paid for the period in question, ending September 30, 2017.

It remains unclear why they were not allegedly paid, but Mrs Adams, the Deputy Governor, could not be reached for a comment.

More salary delays for October 15, 2017 

The new salaries for October 15, 2017 have not been paid, according to civil servants speaking to our newsroom. However, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance assured our newsroom that "the October 15, 2017 wages for civil servants are being worked on."

Meanwhile, two statutory bodies- the BVI Airports Authority and the H. L. Stoutt Community College- have been late in paying their workers for the period of September 30, 2017. The BVI Ports Authority reportedly recently paid their employees while HLSCC is yet to pay for that period in question.

Statuary bodies also struggling

No salaries have been forthcoming for the now due period of October 15, 2017. Both agencies depend on government for a subvention to help with their operations.

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) told the public in July 2017 that his administration has not left the county broke, and there is money in the Treasury.

However, questions posed by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Opposition between 2011 and 2015 show that under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government revenue was down and spending and loans were up. Also, the Minister of Finance confirmed in answers to questions in the House of Assembly (HoA) that the reserves were significantly depleted from what was left by the then VIP Administration.

Mismanagement of public funds- former governor 

The Opposition, former governor John S. Duncan OBE, the media and ordinary citizens have also accused the NDP regime of financial mismanagement, and widespread wastage of tax payers money.

They cited, to back up their claims, some $1.6M spent on a small wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School by Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Minister for Education and Culture, now the subject of an investigation.

In addition, they claim that some $7.2M was given away by Dr Smith to a bankrupt BVI Airways that is yet to fly and, according to the deal, the tax payers will not get a dime back. Also, critics argue financial mismanagement happened on the Ports Project with a $40M over-run.

The public has held the Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), accountable for the project. 

Some three reports on the same Ports Development Project, one from the HoA Public Accounts Committee, another from the Auditor General and one from a former project manager, Hugh E. Darley, alleges corruption, lack of value for money and no one looking out for the public's interest.

40 Responses to “Confusion over gov't salary pay! 2 statutory bodies struggle to pay”

  • vex (16/10/2017, 19:13) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is thing to talk
  • BVIAA Employee (16/10/2017, 19:28) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks for bringing this issue to the public. Since the storm every pay period our salaries are late and management does not even have the manners to inform us when salaries would be late and why our salaries are late. Things are going down hill really fast at the Airport. At least the government informed their employees of late payment we just have to wait until whenever.
    • @BVIAA Employee (16/10/2017, 22:29) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      The management style at the airport could only be compared to Donald Trump's presidency. It is not in the text books.
      • BVIPA (17/10/2017, 10:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        We in the same boat. Management sucks
      • Yup (18/10/2017, 01:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        and they policing you about work hours, etc., pay the people and have the decency and diplomacy to at least say something to the staff. What kind of cold hearted people leading these 2 statutory bodies buddy. Bad leadership!
    • Mr. (17/10/2017, 14:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The $h!+ has finally hit the fan...
    • BVITB Too (17/10/2017, 21:22) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Same thing going on at BVITB. Not a word is being said. Everyone is looking for answers and some direction from management but they looking at us waiting for us to resign I guess.
    • sally (19/10/2017, 22:27) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      You ungrateful bas$&@$. For 15 years you getting your money on time twice per month. Now hurricane pass and salary 1 or 2 days late and you complain.
  • just asking... (16/10/2017, 20:06) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    With a straight face dr Smith saying the country is not broke?
  • ??? (16/10/2017, 20:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hearing talks that the Airport money gone with the vault that was stolen from the Finance Unit.
  • Doll House (16/10/2017, 20:33) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply

    I don't know about the College but the situation at the Airport is incompetence. A little girl 24 years old, fresh out of college with limited work experience is the Head of Finance. The whole place is a mess. Enough space is not there to note our frustration at the Airport. The Finance Department is a little girl's club.

    • jimmy (16/10/2017, 20:47) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      Hater much? She's a bright young lady
    • St. Kitts (17/10/2017, 04:18) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      That comment is expected from you... didn't expect you to comment differently. When in your life will you NOT criticize??
      • chad (17/10/2017, 08:01) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        As I read your contribution I can't help but to feel a sense of sadness. To think that one is just waiting for the Airport to fail is pooring. The success or failure of the Airport affects the entire BVI. It affects your children and mines. The BVI has a lot of rebuilding ahead my challenge to you is to leave the unsubstantiated comments behind and let's move forward together to rebuild our Country. Our Country needs us.
    • HMP (17/10/2017, 06:12) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      Ok senior or is it a rope of jealousy? We should test the incompotemce with yours and bring out the CVs and work experience. Fresh out of college with no experience....ha. Only now we seeing competence and how an accounts unit should run. Get over it and go to work and learn something. Set of confusion makers. Tis who know responded and the little 24 year old was taught not to respond to details like this. Should be hurting real bad looking at the age and the fact that she running it. Some of you old fowls just like problems and set in your own ways. Don't lets open those can of worms---cause.........Move on.
    • Well (17/10/2017, 14:04) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Whose daughter, niece, grandchild is she.
  • SHAME (16/10/2017, 21:09) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    And where is bvi airway when we had need it to do evacuation at the airport after Irma and Maria. It couldn't even fulfil that task either.
  • Not surprised (16/10/2017, 21:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    So what happen when the Government stop paying? Our roads are not cared for as it is. We still have hurricane debris. The police are supported by the UK and Caribbean. Our electric is far from working. The Government need to cut its foolishness and be honest with its people before Government workers leave in droves.
    • Get to work (17/10/2017, 10:46) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Government workers leaving in droves?

      That would be good news.
  • Binocs (16/10/2017, 21:44) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to take a good look at the airport situation. The whole management team needs to be replaced else that place will never change. They talk amongst them selfs and not to the staff. That’s why the ‘White House “ got destroyed. Just so people know the White House is code for them administration building below the tower.
    • Yes (17/10/2017, 11:33) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      THE PORTS IS THE SAME WAY. THAT MAN needs to go. To much managers and only care about getting their big salary . I could tell you Minister you need to step in before it gets out of hand.
    • Love (19/10/2017, 12:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is the love button? Sad is correct. #1 jokey organisation
    • Love (19/10/2017, 13:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      A lot of victimisation there as well but I guess they don't know God sees all
  • MyMy (16/10/2017, 21:58) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Momey, momey aaaaaa!!!
  • whatathing (16/10/2017, 22:19) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Pay the people them their money and stop aryo shit man. How the hell all of asudden all kind a excuise to pay people then money. .On top of thst electricity corporation want money for darkiness. Pappa Ooooo.
  • chad (17/10/2017, 01:27) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    These people of the bvi to ungrateful if the storm didn't pass I sure they would have received their pay on time obviously we know things a little tight wirh money just hold on it will come u all rather wait couple days late for salary or to be laid offf for 3 months without pay there is always an old saying save at least 3 months pay for times like this
  • Anonymous (17/10/2017, 02:04) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vino hats off for bringing us real stories that affect the real lives of our people.
    Where there is no light democracy goes out
  • .................... (17/10/2017, 07:30) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    So sad that the ndp left the country broke noe that is the heart of the matter
  • Hmmm (17/10/2017, 08:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVIHSA another statutory body... staff haven't been paid for Oct 15th pay period.... whats really going on in the BVI?
  • Talking Teddy (17/10/2017, 12:32) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't know what they didn't let Jaspert carry on running the show or maybe we need to stand up and demand it!
  • Vino..bviaa (17/10/2017, 20:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    U ain't know the half
  • ??? (18/10/2017, 01:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    College ain't pay since for September 30th yet at all, at least some people got that pay cheque! @wow, 3 months worth of pay done gone my boy, repairs to house and property, diesel and or gas for generator and vehicle, food, etc the nest egg savings are dwindling, my money not long like you so pay the people them.
  • my people (19/10/2017, 06:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need stimulus money in the country. We need taxes in the treasury, we need the leaders to speak to the people and tell us what is the recovery plan for the country. If Govt doesnt talk the voters will double talk in 2019.
  • Airport who they like (19/10/2017, 13:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who they like and who they don't like...absolutely nothing to do with performance. Who could give boss man more news.

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