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Controversial Cruise Pier Project still in cross hairs, more questions

- Opposition Leader & Representative for the First District Hon Andrew A. Fahie to fire off more questions on the project
Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), right, will face questions on the ports project in the House of Assembly on April 18, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, will be asking Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, about his audit of the ports project when the House of Assembly convenes on April 18, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, will be asking Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, about his audit of the ports project when the House of Assembly convenes on April 18, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The controversial Cruise Pier Project built under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration that escaped a Commission of Inquiry, and which the public was told the cost would be between $40M to $50M but ended up costing tax payers over $90M with a $40M plus over-run, is back in the spot light.

At the upcoming Tuesday April 18, 2017 Sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA), Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) will ask both the Premier and Minister for Communications and Works a series of questions on this project.

With public pressure for a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) after some three reports on the project spoke to conflict of interest, violation of the laws, no value for money and that no one was looking out for the public’s interest, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) decided to carry out an Audit of the project.

Hon Fahie wants to know

The Opposition, the media and civil society cried foul and said it was tantamount to Government auditing itself after Premier Smith announced he was going to carry out his own investigation of the ports project.

However, at the April 18, 2017 HoA meeting Hon Fahie will want to know, via questions to Premier Smith, the status of the self-arranged probe, the commencement date, and the completion date of the Cruise Pier Project audit.

Hon Fahie will also quiz Communications and Works Minister Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) on the project expenditure to date, inclusive of all variations, all construction, legal, Project Management specialists, materials, civil works and professional fees.

Hon Vanterpool is to tell the public the outstanding monies owed and variation on the Marine and Land phases to date on the Cruise Pier Project.

In addition, the Opposition Leader wants to know who did the work, cost for each Purchase Order and if the contract under each phase was tendered and if not why not. Hon Fahie also wants to know if the project was in keeping with the Protocols for Effective Financial Management, among other queries.

No CoI despite 3 negative reports

While no one is opposed to the multi-million dollar much needed cruise ship project, as it's critical to the Virgin Islands’ stake in cruise tourism, the public has been pressuring the Governor John S. Ducnan OBE for a probe following three reports; one from the Auditor General, the other from the HoA’s Public Accounts Committee and one from a former project manager, American Hugh E. Darley.

The three reports concluded that there were corruption, no value for money and blatant violation of the Public Financial Management Act.

26 Responses to “Controversial Cruise Pier Project still in cross hairs, more questions”

  • Zone 6 (16/04/2017, 15:36) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good questions andrew
  • coi (16/04/2017, 15:44) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    For the love of money
  • oo (16/04/2017, 16:16) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    where is fraser?
    • wize up (16/04/2017, 18:14) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      @ OO: out forming another political party(Claude, Julian, julian,penn, Pickering, Roxie, cherry)
      • @ wize up (16/04/2017, 22:16) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        boss stop the propaganda
        • wize up (17/04/2017, 07:07) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
          @ @ wize:you saying propaganda some say looking ting to talk!!!!!(bvi small and school children don't tell lies)....the actors might be wrong but the script say the chap is establishing a party
    • @ oo (16/04/2017, 18:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is mark, deloris and hubret?
      • Reply (17/04/2017, 22:20) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        Mark at a Spanish bar, Deloris home mad as hell as to how the NDP treating she and Hubert still can't believe he was elected and blaming his team for his lack of political skills
  • Sinerata (16/04/2017, 18:34) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    All the money gone spanish
  • One word (16/04/2017, 19:09) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    CORRUPTION
  • tola (16/04/2017, 20:03) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep the pressure on fahie we the citizens need to know all these questions
  • one eye (16/04/2017, 20:45) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    This big mistake of voting 11 to 2 for any side must never happen again. Good day!
  • Anonymous (16/04/2017, 20:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good luck Fahie in getting the truth
  • LOL (16/04/2017, 21:36) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look at that Anguillian with his greasy smile and oily palms....smh 90 mill COI already Guv!
  • more money (17/04/2017, 07:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We love the TPP buy oh boy the cost
  • conflict (17/04/2017, 07:38) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    So which minister got a resturant at the ports project? Vino you sleeing
    • pat (17/04/2017, 22:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      how about the sconce and lighting contract at the ports?
      • i know pat (19/04/2017, 05:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        pat: The sconce and lighting was rammed down the constructors throat. They had NO say in who got the lighting contract.
        You may want to talk to a certain environmental consultant who demanded the lighting be turtle friendly etc even though there are no turtles nesting near the pier!
        • pat (19/04/2017, 13:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          thank you for the comment. It also helps if the vendor is a member of government.
  • Freedom! (17/04/2017, 08:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    "While no one is opposed to the multi-million dollar much needed cruise ship project, as it's critical to the Virgin Islands’ stake in cruise tourism" speak the truth
  • Who to blame. (17/04/2017, 11:36) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Three reports; one from the Auditor General, the other from the HoA’s Public Accounts Committee and one from a former project manager, American Hugh E. Darley.

    The three reports concluded that there were corruption, no value for money and blatant violation of the Public Financial Management Act.
  • Observer (17/04/2017, 12:47) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Fourty Million could have gone towards the airport, but the back benchers didn't cry out then, they watch the money waste and support the minister in caucas giving him everything he asked for, including 8 million from the east sewage project..The airport is now needed because STT is collecting all the landing fee's ,they cried out when they heard Tortola Airport expansion coming..NDP VIP PPP we need a damn Air P..All the poor Caribbean countries gone leave us because of the leaders we put in place..Some leaders just want money for their personal gain and some person's in their Districts but not for the benefit of the Country..We must drain the Swamp 13- 0 / 2019.....
  • qq (17/04/2017, 22:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I applaud the VIP for holding firm on the questions on this porject
  • facts man (17/04/2017, 22:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A bit of larceny may be expected as we needed this project, but what is going on is robbing our country of its future..

  • don (20/04/2017, 08:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Someone need to go to jail


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