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‘Don’t tell big people that went to school about server problem’- Hon Fahie

- said public servants need to be told the truth as to why their pay has been further delayed
Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has challenged the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government to tell the people the truth about the delay in payments to public servants. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “Do not tell big people that went to school that a server has stopped over three thousand public servants from being paid,” stated Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) as he scoffed at the excuse by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government that public servants’ payments have been delayed due to a server issue.

Civil servants, who have been mandated to produce timesheets as proof of hours worked, were promised payment on October 9, 2017 for the latter half of September; however, a statement issued by the Deputy Governor Rosalie Adams this weekend, advised public servants that their salary would not be ready for that date.

Mrs Adams said the payment delay was as a result of reduced power to the Central Administration Complex, which could not fully sustain Governments server system.

Not fair to the public servants

Speaking as a guest on Honestly Speaking with host Claude O. Skelton-Cline on ZBVI 780 AM on October 10, 2017, Hon Fahie was at the time addressing the plight of persons following Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017.

A family cant maintain itself without money. You go to the gas stations right now they asking for cash, you go to the grocery store they asking for cash, nearly everyone is asking for cash but then the public servants cannot get their cash from government.

Its hard and we have to put ourselves in peoples positions. You come from that dark home, no electricity, in the morning go to the bank on a Friday at the end of the month as a public servant, stand in the bank for nearly an hour and a half, to hear that Government isnt paying, and I am talking about testimonies people give me. Then you come on a Monday and stand in the line for an hour and change more to hear that they still havent paid, stated Hon Fahie, adding that it was not fair to the public servants.

Tell the people the truth

According to Mrs Adams in her statement, it is anticipated that the payroll will be issued by the close of the week of October 9."

But according to Hon Fahie, the question now is whether the pay will be doubled up on the 15th, noting that is one of the questions people are asking him and he cant answer them even though he is an elected official.

And then you hear they are going to pay later in the week, then you get the WhatsApp that they are paying on the 9th, now you hearing they are going to pay on the 15th. Who asking these questions on behalf of the people because everyone seems to be afraid for the most partto let their voice be heard. Not that you going after anyone one but you cannot sit and take death without opening your mouth and registering your concerns.

The Opposition Leader, a former school teacher and Minister for Education and Culture under the Virgin Islands Party, said the question to be asked is simple: Is it a financial problem? And if it is just tell us. What problem it really is? It cannot be a server [problem]Do not tell big people that went to school that a server has stopped over three thousand public servants from being paid.

According to Hon Fahie, we cannot build a new Virgin Islands without being told the truth.

33 Responses to “‘Don’t tell big people that went to school about server problem’- Hon Fahie”

  • SPeak up (11/10/2017, 07:28) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank You Hon Fahie as a public servant it’s very frustrating and let me note a Police Officer who have been working everyday since hurricane Irma without a day off and can’t be paid. I was affected as a result of the hurricane where I lost the roof of my home. I am moving between places to keep a shelter over my head and without money it’s hard to function. As the Hon says every where you go they only accepting cash. The government needs to tell us the people the truth. If the budget for 2017 have already been passed are you telling me there’s no money to pay the Civil Servants? Thant’s utter nonsense. What if the entire Police Force decides to sick out over our money then what? Have the NDP Government think about that?

    Very Frustrated Police Officer.
    • I FEEL YA 100% (11/10/2017, 10:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I starting to think the curfew for his well being more that the population.
    • Hmph (11/10/2017, 10:58) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
      The BVI has too many civil servants, and far too many that are rude and fail to understand that they are the servants of the people. The purpose of the civil service is not to put obstacles in the way of the public - once that message is understood perhaps those few civil servants that are not laid off will try to help the population rather than finding reasons why the public have to go away and come back tomorrow.
  • Agreed. This is not a game (11/10/2017, 07:55) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    So much Street talk..One saying the Governor put a Freeze on Salary for it to be reviewed because the Salary budget is too high.... Another Street talk is that the Banks Salary loan agreement is badly in delinquecy...Another Street talk is they are still in discussion and cant come to a decision as to the reduction of October salaries for the time at home....Only them know exactly whats going on. They need to come clean with us...
  • Rattle (11/10/2017, 08:19) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Keep on them lying ndp brox bummer
  • okay (11/10/2017, 08:47) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fahie you are on point. These lying NDP.
  • Public servant (11/10/2017, 08:49) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am glad somebody is speaking out on our behalf because they will victimize us if we the Public servants speak out against this and other injustices.
  • One word (11/10/2017, 08:49) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    AMEN
  • Hmmm (11/10/2017, 08:50) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Like Fahie or not one must admire his courage. Thanks Hon. Fahie.
  • Preacher Lady (11/10/2017, 08:50) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why would she lie?..She is a big preacher lady. But if she is wilfully telling those big lies...More Hirricane Irma coming....
    • To Preacher lady (11/10/2017, 10:57) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      The DG is just the messenger to deliver a message on decisions already made and to be made by the NDP Ministers in Cabinet. The NDP don't want to be seen or heard giving this kind of news so that they can pretend as if their hands are clean. The NDP is a set of deceivers!!!!!
      • To to Preacher lady.. (11/10/2017, 12:33) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        Preachers dont deliver messages that they know to be untrue deceptive... preachers say No.. Dont matter their position..
    • D (11/10/2017, 19:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please no more hurricanes my mind ,head ,house can’t handle it
  • Iresponsible (11/10/2017, 08:53) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    The truth should be told by all parties. If it is not a server problem then shame on her. However, this is an good time to teach life lessons. The parole was paid for mid month September. It's almost a month since which means that most people have not even a month reserved. Speak life... teach... save in all circumstances because a rainy day Will come. It is here. Live within your means. Pay your bills. Show people the way forward.
    • SMH (11/10/2017, 13:49) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      You have to be making money in order to save everyone knows government workers are not paid very well most of them make peanuts. In addition what is puzzling is our government fail to realize that persons have financial obligations they have kids to feed and bills to be paid. If persons aren’t being paid how can they provide for their family when everything is cash on delivery. All this nonsense about people being paid for hours worked. There are several trust companies and private companies who are paying their workers to sit at home to deal with their family and get their lives back together why our government can’t to the same for their workers. Ah mean they have been paying a number of them over the years to do nothing anyway. I just think our government needs to be a bit more honest. All they are doing is sending their workers out there to thief.
      • Trust girl (11/10/2017, 14:10) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
        No trust companies paying anyone to stay home. We all have to work from wherever we are so dont fool yourself. The govt making people accountabke by using time sheets is a good thing. I hope the govt workers get their wage very soon.
        • Trust man (11/10/2017, 22:12) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
          Bull$h!t Ppl reading your comment and laughing at you right now.
  • Nothing new (11/10/2017, 08:54) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP was lying to all of us all the time long before IRMA. IRMA just exposing their decietful ways.
  • well saw (11/10/2017, 08:56) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Their partner plane got $7million even before they fly and still has not fly but can't pay we our monies. SMDH
    • De plane de plane (11/10/2017, 19:26) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where are our planes??! In this crisis have they been used for any mercy flights for BVI or to bring in needed supplies?? Well sa! Do they still have the nerve to have BVI painted on the planes?? Check out their website and social media sites and see if there is any mention or signal of empathy or sympathy for what we have been through. No. But they want our money though. Today is Oct 11. Let's see if anything changes tomorrow. True colours.
  • WHOSEFAULT (11/10/2017, 10:00) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Elected the NDP then voted them out the following term and turn around and voted them back in hmmm.
  • Clearly (11/10/2017, 10:59) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Whenever the ndp is in power the people suffer.
  • What's your point exactly??? (11/10/2017, 11:18) Like (11) Dislike (16) Reply
    What makes you think VIP would have handled it differently? Where is that proof? It says a lot that they could only get two people voted in. So while you talking about crooked NDP don't forget crooked VIP. We just go from one crooked government to the next. Nothing ever changes
    • strupe (11/10/2017, 12:40) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      Country in crisis and y'all fools still back and forth with this NDP VIP crap. It could of been any party in, the point is the NDP in right now and has been for the last five years they responsible for the finances of the country and need to be held accountable and that's the bottom line.
  • one eye (11/10/2017, 12:33) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Its the JDE
  • wize up (11/10/2017, 13:06) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    not only the civil servents are not being paid: some of us provide and continue providing services for central government and not being paid.....just put that fact out there!!!!!!
  • Sawda (11/10/2017, 13:30) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply

    The country will be at ease if the NDP give the tax payers 7 million dollars in vouchers for Food, building materials and everything they need at this time..After Irma no one heard about L........ H...... and gang that ran away with the peoples money yes the peoples money not Doc Smith and R H money..It's very sad that it's so hard for our own people in these times and was so easy for those thiefs who Rob the cabinet in broad daylight ..A bunch of Momoos that leading us..NDP stop your deceitful ways and love and care for your people for 1 Second and the country will be a better place..They cannot blame VIP for this now so I guess they will blame God or the UK..

  • @ Hmm (11/10/2017, 14:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    i see it as a perfect excuse to revise/reduce ppl salary, or cut ppl, or whatever, I feel is a cover up for some malicious undercover works.....I jus really hope this gets resolved soon and some light is shed on the truth....
  • To Think of it (11/10/2017, 14:29) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Some of the money given by large donors can help to fill in the gap because hungry people can become angry people.The health of the people is a nation's wealth and if the govt don't rectify this and many issues people may just fall down and die like flies.
  • Wow!! (11/10/2017, 17:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look like the looting gonna pick up where it left off. Them broke and don't have a quarter to spend. Them living the life with them outrageous pay cheques and the people them must suffer. What a government.
  • foxy (11/10/2017, 17:29) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Help Help the voters Government!! Lord I Feel So Broken Up I want to go home..They use us the people like Hoes in Hoe house..
  • Joe J (11/10/2017, 17:38) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Strupes the NDP Dirty Clothes was exposed by Irma and they need to go up by Purcell Ghut and get them wash and hope the Ghut wash away their damn sins..That's the only thing they need done wash them ass out of office " Set Ah Crooks" That's the only accountability the Country needs.NDP Gone...
  • Server issues til now? (12/10/2017, 03:41) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I once worked for an organimation which had issues sending the information to the bank you know what the head of Finance said? All hands on deck we are cutting manual checks because the people have already worked for their money and they must be paid. Pay was late in the day and people had to go to the bank but payday was payday.


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