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Hon Fahie knocks Premier Smith on funding delays for WE Police Station

- said funding for Police & all law enforcement agencies must remain a priority
First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said he’s happy that the Government has found it necessary to carry out repairs to the West End Police Station despite the final cost of the works being twice the original cost. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith being escorted by Acting Commissioner Alwyn James while touring the facility. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith being escorted by Acting Commissioner Alwyn James while touring the facility. Photo: VINO
The newly refurbished West End Police Station. Photo: RVIPF
The newly refurbished West End Police Station. Photo: RVIPF
WEST END, Tortola, VI – First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said he’s happy that the Government has found it necessary to carry out repairs to the West End Police Station despite the final cost of the works being twice the original cost.

And he took a swipe at Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith saying that the Government lagged in providing the necessary funds to get the works started and completed.

He was speaking at the ceremony to mark the opening of the refurbished West End Police Station on Friday October 30, 2015.

“Despite the end cost is double the original stated cost of the project of which I know would be fully explained and justified, thanks to the Ministry of Finance which overlooked the project,” he said.

The works cost $318,000 and were completed over a period of nine months, from January to September 2015. However, this stands in stark contrast to what the Premier had said while answering questions in the House of Assembly on November 10, 2014. He said then that the works were expected to cost $165,380.

A safe environment

Honourable Fahie insisted that the community must continue to work with the Police who in turn must work with the community as it goes hand in glove. “The Police now have a safe environment to work in and we are all pleased.”

High priority

The First District Representative said funding for the Police and other law enforcement agencies must be a high priority at all times, just like health and education.

“Our economy depends heavily on our country remaining a safe and productive environment. I heavily encourage the Premier to ensure that law enforcement agencies do not have to wait so long in the future for the funding to do their jobs adequately,” he said.

He said contrary to what some are saying, the record will show that over the years many repairs were done to the West End Police Station periodically by past governments.

“Nonetheless, it was still my pleasure to lobby continuously on the Opposition on behalf of the people of the First District to have Government address the major problem that existed with the building at that particular time,” he said.

11 Responses to “Hon Fahie knocks Premier Smith on funding delays for WE Police Station ”

  • wize up (06/11/2015, 09:44) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    my goodness can this man ever make up his mind: when the west end police station was closed he had a big problem; for the love of God the police station is now reopened and the fahie still have a problem and if the truth be told it was under Hon Andrew A Fahie's watch that the very same police station was forced to be closed...it was also under the watch of the Hon Andrew A Fahie that the very same first district no longer have a fire station both of these services are essential for public safety with in the first district and the territory... stop playing politics because VIP have done many projects in the territory that went far over budget ( start with the beef Island bridge, don't forget the bathroom on the festival grounds almost half million dollars and for what)
    • @wize up (06/11/2015, 10:21) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Stoo lying because you hate Fahie. Learn to research properly and tell the truth. Under the NDP the station went far beyond a simple problem. In the HOA over a year or more Fahie been asking the NDP to fix the building before it becomes a major problem but they ignored him and the small problem became big. You in the NDP wiwin with lies and want to stay in power on the same lies. I am tired of people like you with your foolishness.
      • wize up (06/11/2015, 16:37) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        fahie(VIP) in charge of the first district for almost 20-years if not longer: NDP 2007-2015 do the maths....I will never hate fahie is a giant of a man( I am not that simple minded)...we as a people need to stop playing the blame game...all I am saying fahie had more that enough time to correct any issues with the police and fire department in west end...it is unreasonable to cast blame on someone else for something that he had the power to fix!!!!!( I have no political affiliations & will have none; just want to see our territory prosper for the sake of my children and my grandchildren so i have no time for the political games)....most of politicians speak bad about each-other to make themselves look good especially during campaign season/and that is not the way forward
    • TO WIZE UP (06/11/2015, 10:27) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      So NDP wrong is justified because of the wrong you claiming VIP did? Don't support a party so blindly and in your case ignorantly. Do you realise that NDP is now in it's second straight term and people like you still want to make excuses for them. Fahie is not the reason for neither the police station or fire station in the 1st District closing. People like you makes the dog sick. NDP are decievers.
  • pat (06/11/2015, 09:54) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    he woke up from playing games wid that gang
    • Yes (06/11/2015, 10:14) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      He trying to loose he self from those devils but too late. But hey just happy to see he added a few more shirts to his wardrobe.
  • Excellent (06/11/2015, 10:28) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Keep fighting for your people Fahie. Don't mind the noise.
  • People (06/11/2015, 12:06) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The main thing here is that the NDP is not serious about crime.
  • Really? (06/11/2015, 12:52) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    He is the representative for the past 16 years so how come he let both the Police Station and Fire Station run down to the point of closing? Why did he not maintain them both while he was in Government (2 terms)? Now that NDP has fixed Police Station he trying to make it look like he was an important part of it getting done! Fahie, as Bob Marley would sing, "You can fool the people some of the time but you can't fool the people ALL the time!"
    • @Real? (06/11/2015, 16:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound so stupid. These buildings were repaired many times when Fahie was in power. They will always need repair because repairs are ongoing tasks so you are piddle B.
  • @ Really? (08/11/2015, 07:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well it's obvious that we can see the NDP fooled you already


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