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'Everyone has to vacate the Admin Complex'- Premier Fahie

- says relocating is not unique to Premier's office
Several offices at the Hon Ralph T. O'Neal Administration Complex will be relocating in order to facilitate repair works to the hurricane-damaged government facility. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said relocation of offices at Hon Ralph T. O'Neal Administration Complex is necessary, since the facility will not be conducive to the safety of persons or to concentration on work. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said relocation of offices at Hon Ralph T. O'Neal Administration Complex is necessary, since the facility will not be conducive to the safety of persons or to concentration on work. Photo: VINO/File
The Office of the Premier will be relocated to Cutlass Tower owned by Lake Development Co. Ltd to facilitate works to the Hon Ralph T. O'Neal Administration Complex. Photo: VINO
The Office of the Premier will be relocated to Cutlass Tower owned by Lake Development Co. Ltd to facilitate works to the Hon Ralph T. O'Neal Administration Complex. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says all offices occupying the hurricane-damaged Hon Ralph T. O'Neal Administration Complex will be relocated to facilitate repair works to the state-owned building.

The Premier's revelations came following a post Cabinet meeting statement on the Cabinet Meeting held on October 2, 2019, that left some sections of the Virgin Islands' media speculating as to why the Premier was moving his office to Cutlass Tower owned by Lake Development Co. Ltd.

Cabinet Statements 

According to the Cabinet statements released Friday, November 1, 2019, it was decided, "that the Government of the Virgin Islands enter into a lease agreement with Lake Development Co. Ltd. for two floors for a period of three (3) years for office space measuring three thousand and sixty-seven (3,067) square feet and for five (5) years for office space measuring nine hundred and thirty-two (932) square feet in the Cutlass Tower to accommodate the Office of the Premier."

The Cutlass tower also houses BVI Finance and is a mixed-use retail and office building located on Waterfront Drive in Road Town, Tortola.

Further, the information noted that the new office space would come at the rate of, "thirty-eight dollars ($38) per square foot, plus a monthly service fee of four dollars and twenty-five cents ($4.25) per square foot, per floor." 

Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) reached out to Premier Fahie for an explanation as to why his office was relocating to Cutlass Tower from the Admin Complex and when the move will take effect.

According to the Premier, "The Complex must be repaired now and everyone has to vacate in order for the work to be done. So it is nothing unique to the Premier's Office only," hence the decision for the move.

"As a result all offices that are in the building must temporarily relocate. Relocation is necessary because as we progress with the repairs, the facility will not be conducive to the safety of persons or to concentration on work," Hon Fahie said in an additional statement.

Committee Established

He said the Deputy Governor’s Office, through its Housing Accommodation Committee, has been working on securing appropriate accommodation for the Public Officers and staff who have been based at the building since the hurricanes.

"The temporary accommodations was approved by this established committee that is independent of political interference. The public will find out shortly where the other Government offices that are now in the building will be temporarily housed."

Further, the Premier noted that Government is cognisant that public officers need a conducive environment and the tools to do their jobs, and that they deserve nothing less.

"Public officers must know that their safety and reasonable comfort are of importance to us," he further reiterated. 

Yellow Journalism? 

Following the release of the post-cabinet statements, one sensational local media house, BVI Platinum, had reported that the Premier's relocation of his office was as a result of 'seeking comfort,' while others still served from less than ideal conditions in the damaged Admin Complex building which suffered an onslaught in the hurricanes of 2017.

In the speculated report, BVI Platinum used phrases like 'there is the belief' and "however, it appears,"; terms that reflected the author's own uncertainty about their news reporting.

Just a few weeks ago, Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) said works on the Hon Ralph T. O’Neal Administration Complex, formerly Central Administration Complex, will commence soon.

"Members of the public must know that their Government believes that they deserve quality infrastructure, comfortable environment to conduct business and quality service, and the current administration is fully committed to delivering this," the Premier said.

Further, Premier Fahie noted that fixing the building once and for all is significant since no repairs were attempted after damages received in 2017 as a result of Hurricane Irma.

This was even after the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) Government had collected $11.4M in insurance monies for repairs to the facility.

22 Responses to “'Everyone has to vacate the Admin Complex'- Premier Fahie”

  • NezRez (03/11/2019, 11:44) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes, all workers need to be in a safe environment. My only concern is that when we go to admin complex to take care of business, we had ample parking. Where will the parking be now at the cutlass building? I ask because I am handicapped and cannot walk too far. Thank you.
    • Steps (03/11/2019, 12:26) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good question but my suggestion is that the parking at Admin complex remain open. Its not a far walk to Cutlass Tower from there. A good way to get some of your daily steps in. Good luck
    • oh (03/11/2019, 22:44) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Park by the complex and walk to the cutlass building for the able bodied and the handicapped park in courtesy rental parking lot or let someone drop you close to the building . Try that
  • Observer (03/11/2019, 12:04) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Some of these news media are so confusing, so sick of them. Before the wait until they get the facts always jumping to manufacture controversy.
  • CGB (03/11/2019, 12:10) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    They always with a one sided story to make the government look bad and cause problem and confusion... I could have swear the Premier was moving out the building and leaving the other staffs in bad conditions... Strupes #Inform #dobetter
  • huh (03/11/2019, 12:55) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    one is her cousin and the other is her son in law. ayo do the maths
    • Komodo Dragon (03/11/2019, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
      So what? Worst than that happened in the British Virgin Islands.

    • Good observation (03/11/2019, 15:41) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Very good observation but she will bring them down.
    • ok (03/11/2019, 20:21) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
      Can you identify other places that are vacant? Stop trying to create unnecessary stirs. Currently looking for other areas; so if you can help with a solution hurry up post it herE please and thanks in advance.
  • bvi fake news (03/11/2019, 14:57) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    that's is why I like VINO they are not for sale they are the only media we trust and the only one that reports accurate news...as for the Big Z and Z he for sale long time
  • pat (03/11/2019, 15:18) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    the blue site is yellow journalism, there kind of reporting done to drum up hysteria and try to make the premier look bad. ALL of the offices in the Administration Building will have to move out to facilitate repair, I repeat ALL not just one!

    The Blue site poorly written and bias story makes it seems like the premier office moving for no reason. Discuss the price, if it at fair market value, but stop tryna paint everything with the corruption brush, when the facts shows there is one corrupt party in town and it's the NDP and we voted them out so live with it!!!!
  • Jordana (03/11/2019, 15:59) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Min. Fahie I hope and pray that when the Admin. Complex is fixed it will not be Moldy for a lot of persons were getting sick from the mold in that building and Dr. Smith when he was Premier downplayed the detrimental health effects of that mold.. a lot of Government offices even today are moldy and the head hunchers are ignoring the complain of workers.. in the US that Admin Complex would have been shut down years ago for. “Sick Building Syndrome”.. Mold kills so I hope that it will be mold-free and other Moldy buildings are cleaned up as well.. I am one of those persons that got seriously sick from mold in that complex..
  • my 2 cents (03/11/2019, 16:06) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    @huh, let's not create an issue out of nothing. it has already been stated from a few weeks ago that very soon (which is now), EVERY office in the Complex will have to vacate to facilitate the repairs to the entire building. the Cutlass Building is mostly available, as a few others around Wickham's Cay I, and II. I am pretty sure all tenants with suitable office space will get a piece of the pie as Government will need every office space it can get to accommodate all ministries. the question i asked before, and still not answered, is why a contract for more than 2 years? also, i keep hearing folks making mention of rent being per year, but unless I am blind (open to being pointed in the right direction), i do not see anything that indicates the rate is per year. someone please point me.
  • Dan Rather (03/11/2019, 16:49) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    I knew vino would come with the facts of this story... It just didn't make sense that Fahie would remove himself from the complex with his staff and leave the others. Have to be really careful about these so-called news media in this place.
  • Rat (03/11/2019, 21:13) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    What I wondering why did they lease for 2yrs one way and 5 yrs the next are we saying it's going to take 5 yrs to fix the complex Mr. Premier pls shed some light you looking shady there
  • big question (04/11/2019, 00:09) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    WHY ABANDON THE WHOLE BUILDING???? WHY CANT WE FIX ONE WING AT A TIME?????
  • cancer (04/11/2019, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

    And they putting Tourist board staff back in the mold infested Akara building?

  • musa (04/11/2019, 09:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good job vip leaders
  • Seamless (04/11/2019, 11:32) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

    I think the VIP supporters missing the point there are 2 separate leases (3) and (5) years respectively, why should it take that long to repair the admin complex?

    • Par for the course (05/11/2019, 07:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You must be new around here. Every major works goes well over budget in terms of time and money because there are no consequences. Pure pork barrel, just help yourself. Plus the building was poorly designed, built and never properly commissioned. It's always had problems: poor temp control, mold, etc. Not the first time BVI govt to has signed sweetheart deals with pols who happen to own suitable commercial property.
  • 5 years? (04/11/2019, 13:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Should the lease not be dependent on a contractor's estimate for the time needed to complete repairs? 3 - 5 years??Wow.
  • nonsense (04/11/2019, 13:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree it shouldn't take that long to finish that building. Why 3 separate leases things that make you go Hmmmmm. Look at ESHS they had more work to do and had plenty of contractors working simultaneously. Admin is smaller and they can do the same it may even finish the same time span as ESHS. food for though. BTW I thought I heard someone saying that One stop mall was closing to renovate and she was moving her business to the Cutlass building. Thing to talk.


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