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Fahie vows to comb financial records of NDP Gov’t

-Says eager to know VI’s true financial status if elected as Premier
Hon Fahie made his intentions clear during a press conference today, January 7, 2019, at what he says could be his final press conference as a member of the Opposition in the Virgin Islands’ House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Facebook
According to Mr Fahie, transparency is necessary because he has no confidence in the reporting of the present administration which has Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) as its Finance Minister. Photo: VINO/File
According to Mr Fahie, transparency is necessary because he has no confidence in the reporting of the present administration which has Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) as its Finance Minister. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Island Party (VIP) Chairman, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says he plans to delve into the financial books and records of the Territory, should he be elected to govern as Premier and Minister of Finance in the Virgin Islands (VI).

Hon Fahie made his intentions clear during a press conference today, January 7, 2019, at what he says could be his final press conference as a member of the Opposition in the Virgin Islands’ House of Assembly (HoA). 

 “The first plan is to make sure you review the books to know exactly where we are and to restore accountability and transparency and good governance,” Mr Fahie uttered.

Full review

“We have to make sure that we give a full account to the people of the Virgin Islands of the true picture of the finances of the territory,” he said.

According to Mr Fahie, transparency is necessary because he has no confidence in the reporting of the present administration which has Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) as its Finance Minister.

“In the last House of Assembly (HoA) for example, we were told that the country performed better than usual and we were not able to see a surplus after the expenses have been paid and one member even said that it looks like it is going to be a $25M surplus but that is not accurate,” the former Opposition Leader pointed out.

Justifying his position of doubt with the reporting skills of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Hon Fahie said there is a $15M loan which was secured in 2018, “Which means if you subtract the $15M loan, you don’t have a $25M surplus, you have a $25M deficit because you have to pay back this loan.”

He said that being accountable and transparent is one way the VIP will earn the trust of residents and key stakeholder. According to Mr Fahie, the NDP lacks transparency and accountability which has led to the demand for the local Recovery and Development Agency (RDA).

No Trust in NDP – Fahie

“The reason that we have the Recovery Development Agency, is because of the lack of trust in the Government. We were not policing ourselves over the last couple years so this was put into place out of fear,” he said.

He said donors and other investors were fearful that money donated towards the rebuilding of the Territory would not be used for its intended purpose under the NDP government. 

According to Mr Fahie, the need to comb financial records is just one example of what needs to be done immediately inside of Government. 

 “Another area is to invest in our people… to make sure that this time, the economy doesn’t drive the people, but the people drive the economy,” he said.  

18 Responses to “Fahie vows to comb financial records of NDP Gov’t ”

  • Shiloh (07/01/2019, 18:56) Like (55) Dislike (6) Reply

    Andrew kudos to you with the way you answered Zan Lewis at you press conference this morning. You really put him in his place and shut him down. Zan seems to be taking his duties to another level now, he sounds more political now than ever. I believe those questions he asking of late is sent to him via WhatsApp.

    • HAHA (07/01/2019, 21:29) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      Zan is an idiot everybody know that Fahie was speaking mainly as the Chairman of VIP. I dont see why he was acting like he confused.
  • 1 (07/01/2019, 19:20) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
    Keep on them crooks bronx bummer
  • Half - full (07/01/2019, 19:22) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just don't waste too much time and resources going back that we can't move the Country forward!
  • Reporter (07/01/2019, 22:03) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
    Zan continues to be on the payrol of we all know who and it not Zbvi. He Continues to disgrace Zbvi why doesnt he go and work full time NDP. And

    He needs to report the news and stop taking questions from bald head on watsapp.

    He is a news prostitute. Zbvi needs to fire him once and for all.
  • afraid (07/01/2019, 23:02) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    this is the problem I have with these guys been elected and holding the country hostage when they no their is nothing to be found who are they trying too fool sorry charlie
  • On point, Andrew (08/01/2019, 01:12) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    We must realize that if NDP don’t put certain “moles in-place while they are still in power: special interest contracts signing, renewing contracts for certain cronies- ports, pier park, tourist board, etc; they will have no avenues to fulfill their personal agendas. Observe their set-up.” We must not fall for it this time around; they are all about their in circle. Watch the line-up.
  • @on point (08/01/2019, 01:19) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don’t forget telecommunications, another mole; that’s why he’s not in the mix (election) this time around.
  • Just saying (08/01/2019, 09:00) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    Sorry Andrew Fahie, you need to come up with solutions all you talk about is the problems. What better can you do NOTHING, you were so afraid of Fraser back in the days you couldn’t open your mouth and now you talking fart. NDP is the best party ever and will always be the best so people close your eyes and don’t see what’s coming from the other power hungry parties. I’m sticking to the bad I know because the others coming worst
    • @Just Saying (08/01/2019, 11:29) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      I agree. It's always fine to see the problems from the outside but you were there before and same thing. Tell us your plans in a way that is deep. No fluffy stuff. Up to now we don't know what your full slate intends to do except look full.
  • 100% data used (08/01/2019, 09:42) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    While you at it Fahie check on these phone companies with the lousy internet. Vanterpool said he gave them till December to clean up but look like he didn’t tell them which December.
  • Slim Fast (08/01/2019, 09:44) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    Will Hon Fahie aggressively comb financial records for his handlings of the afterschool programme with Claude Cline? My guess, NO! But Barry say you will hear!
    • Outlaw (08/01/2019, 11:30) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
      @slim fast, don’t be naive, that aspect already comb. Now lets face it, don’t you think if the really have anything on Fahie that Fahie would have been speaking today? Them boys would have already bring down Fahie, they have nothing in the man, else! Hmmmm
  • $800,000 on a Neighbourhood Project (08/01/2019, 11:32) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Gone down the drain and now they are back together again in the same team, vying to run the Government. With a $300,000,000 budget, $800,000 can go down the drain 375 times in a year and 1500 times in 4 years. God see for us.
    • Shiloh (08/01/2019, 13:03) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      @$800, 000 on neighborhood Project. How easy we forgot, you talking about $800, 000. Hmmmmm. Talk about 7.2 million to an alleged airplane deal. Only this one I will list because there are many more millions in under hand deals
      • @Shiloh (08/01/2019, 15:07) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
        $7.2 million was a deal that went bad. It was stupidly handled but not under handedly decided. The due diligence aspects went wrong. If anybody would go to jail for it, it would be the FS and not a single member of the Cabinet. It is the FS that kept paying out monies when the conditions by the airline were not met. Sometimes what you don't know can really hurt you. The BVI Airways idea was good. The implementation and management was wrong. That is not all the politicians. That's a lot of the Civil Service and at the hands of a Virgin Islander who was FS at the time.
        • Shiloh (08/01/2019, 20:32) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
          @@shiloh, yeah you can twist it how you want it was thief money, FS go to jail? Under whose instructions he was paying out money, you think he could have just out of the blues paying out money like that. The Neighborhood Project was a bad deal as well. I hope the Good Doctor will answer the questions about the Airline before he vacate office. What is the secret agender behind answering the questions
        • Just Curious (08/01/2019, 20:49) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
          Tell me why someone hasn't gone to prison for all that mismanagement and why can't we recovery the money that we spent? Secondly if the deal went bad and it wasn't the government fault, why the Attorney General chamber failed to take legal actions in the recovery of tax payers money?


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