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‘Give our people a chance’- Premier urges RDA

- Hon Fahie says ESHS early opening a direct result of local contractors
The Elmore Stoutt High School L-shaped building is being repaired by local contractors. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO/File
 Hon Andrew Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that the Hurricane damaged Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) L-shaped building will be re-opening as a direct result of a mandate he passed on to the VI Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) to hire more local contractors. Photo: GIS/File
Hon Andrew Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that the Hurricane damaged Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) L-shaped building will be re-opening as a direct result of a mandate he passed on to the VI Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) to hire more local contractors. Photo: GIS/File
The Elmore Stoutt High School L-shaped building is being repaired by local contractors. Photo: VINO/File
The Elmore Stoutt High School L-shaped building is being repaired by local contractors. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the new school year in the Virgin Islands (VI) officially starting on September 2, 2019, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that the hurricane damaged Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) L-shaped building will be re-opening as a direct result of a mandate he passed on to the VI Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) to hire more local contractors.

The Premier was at the time speaking on August 21, 2019, at the second in a series of public consultation meetings, this time in Virgin Gorda on the UK Loan Guarantees for Hurricane rebuilding.

He said in the event the Government takes up rebuilding loans, they may still have to fight to make sure monies get “into the people’s hands.” 

Gov’t watching contracts – Premier       

Highlighting contracts currently out for derelict boat clearing across the territory, the Premier said he will be watching to make sure local companies benefit.

“If the majority of that money goes to outside companies… I know local companies have bid for nearly all of them. And if that goes outside, inside of the RDA and we have to sit down and watch companies come in here and move boats and do everything, and we have to pay for it, but we cannot benefit from it,” he said that would be akin to economic takeover.

He said often, locals bid on contracts but are told they do not qualify and hence, have to 'sit down' and look on, “That’s what the contractors on the Elmore Stout High School [building] were told,” he said.

“But when we broke them up into 4, 5 parts, and we did it transparently and we say give our people a chance, we went from opening a school maybe next year in January/February to opening in school in September coming early that our children at Elmore Stoutt can go back to school full time,” Premier Fahie revealed.

Money Stays in VI - Premier 

“And none of the money went to any politician, it gone to the people,” Hon Fahie underscored.

He said some Virgin Islanders love, “melee and mischief”, and openly challenge the territory to search the accounts of politicians on his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) slate for public monies, “It ain’t gone to us,” he said.

Further, the Leader of Government Business pointed out that as a result of local contractors receiving the ESHS rebuilding contracts, they hired more people and were able to donate valuable equipment that was needed by the school.

7 Responses to “‘Give our people a chance’- Premier urges RDA”

  • j (25/08/2019, 14:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well done Hon. Premier! Now on to other matters....how soon can we get our senior students out of the CTL building?
  • ABC (25/08/2019, 14:36) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    I hope he gives his own inner circle a chance
  • wize up (25/08/2019, 14:51) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    we have to ensure that our people are certified and proficient in certain industries in the territory: we should ensure when certain materials are required they must be purchased locally: let be real, the 2017 hurricanes exposed a lots our weaknesses as a developing community and we need to set about putting corrective leadership and measures in place
  • #backbvislanders (25/08/2019, 15:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hon Premier. you have our backs. !! for sure RDA will pass out overseas contracts on the pretence that it is over the 2 mill $ threshold for the overall cost of boat removal. But every location to be cleared is individually LESS that $2 mill . Every true bvi company that bid is more than capable of doing the job......but if we dont tick the right boxes on the application then our bids end up in the garbage.....RDA will spend more money for the same job.....handing overseas companies big checks which as you say.....will leave the territory. where is the sence in that.
  • lets be real (25/08/2019, 16:16) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    I had to a lot of work on my home after the hurricanes and I could not afford any of the local contracts. They too dam expensive. If they serious about getting contracts they have to be competitive. strups!
  • Reader (25/08/2019, 18:04) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Brox Bummer you are on the right track
  • Hmmm. (26/08/2019, 06:14) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    $300 million. Split the thing in 2. Give the Finance Minister half and RDA half. Let peace reign and happiness lives. At the end we will know who spent their half responsibly...


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