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Hon Fahie makes case for COI into cruise pier project

-said PAC report was not rushed as some would want to believe
First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie amplified his call for a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to clear up issues surrounding the cruise pier project such as the cost of the project, the issues regarding the tendering, issues surrounding conflict of interest and the alleged concerns of persons who testified before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Photo: VINO/File
Throughout his wrap up on the debate on the Public Accounts Committee final report on the cruise pier project during the Eighth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly yesterday August 11, 2014, Hon Fahie kept saying after making a point that “only a Commission of Inquiry could clear these things up.” Photo: VINO/File
Throughout his wrap up on the debate on the Public Accounts Committee final report on the cruise pier project during the Eighth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly yesterday August 11, 2014, Hon Fahie kept saying after making a point that “only a Commission of Inquiry could clear these things up.” Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie amplified his call for a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to clear up issues surrounding the cruise pier project such as the cost of the project, the issues regarding the tendering, issues surrounding conflict of interest and the alleged concerns of persons who testified before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Throughout his wrap up on the debate on the Public Accounts Committee final report on the cruise pier project during the Eighth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly yesterday August 11, 2014, Hon Fahie kept saying after making a point that “only a Commission of Inquiry could clear these things up.”

“The project will continue…no Commission of Inquiry is going to stop the project. But if what we are saying is not so, then a Commission of Inquiry will prove it. If what the Government is saying is so, the Commission of Inquiry will prove it,” he argued.

“But all of the factors being named here cannot be ignored,” he said. “There are too many of them,” he said.

He said that the PAC sat and went through the Minutes of the report thoroughly. “And Madame Speaker you gon tell me this was rushed?” he asked, referring to the statements that the report was done hurriedly because of some nefarious agenda on the part of the PAC.

“I take strong offence to anybody who make it sound like this report was a rush job. Madam Speaker all we are saying to the Government… is that there are some areas of the project [that must be looked at],” he said.

“Madam Speaker failure to have the Commission of Inquiry done is saying to the public that the Auditor General is not effectual even though the evidence supports her; Madam Speaker failure to have the Commission of Inquiry done, this Government will be saying to the public that all the public servants, board members of the BVI Ports Authority are all not being factual,” he said.

At this point Hon Myron V. Walwyn Minister for Education and Culture stood on a point of order to state that only the Governor is empowered to call a Commission of Inquiry and not the Government, and that Hon Fahie should not give the impression that the Government does not want to call a COI.

He said that questions such as how did Tortola Port Partners (TPP) form, when did TPP form and why did TPP form and how did a company that didn’t exist, created to get a multimillion dollar contract from the Virgin Islands Government where the project was never tendered out.

“Madam Speaker only a Commission of Inquiry can clear up these issues,” he said. Hon Fahie also stated that a COI will get to the bottom of how no one in Government knew that TPP partner entities were flat broke even though due diligence was done on them.

Hon Fahie stated too that persons involved in the project from overseas called him and found him and they told him of their concerns of the project and they needed to clear their name and the name of their companies. “I would want to say Madam Speaker that if [what was disclosed to me about what has transpired with this project has an iota of truth], then there is serious cause for concern,” he said.

“Madam Speaker only a Commission of Inquiry is going to clear [these issues up] and it needs to be done in the best interest of the country,” he said.

17 Responses to “Hon Fahie makes case for COI into cruise pier project”

  • weed (12/08/2014, 09:35) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    this dude myron better wheel and come again...fahiw you got the facts on your side
  • Caramel (12/08/2014, 09:43) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    While Hon Fahie makes case for COI into cruise pier project, He should also do the same for the Biwater Project. Look how long a contract was signed by his good friends when them was in power. To this day we living in a Third World water situation.
    • you should know by now (12/08/2014, 10:09) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Lodge all your complaints to mark and the ndp.
    • pat (12/08/2014, 11:12) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      we are dealing with the cruise ship dock. One thing at a time. Quit muddying the waters with distractions at this point.
      • Caramel (12/08/2014, 12:54) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        I am not muddying the water, its the truth. just remember election coming and none is better than the other. Fahie making his way. Its all political. They did the same mess while in power. Giving a company (Bi-Water) a water contract that does not have a financial backbone. Check the headlines as we speak.
        BiWater Notifies Gov't Of Plans To Bump Up Price Of Water. On BVI Platinum. Water we not even receiving. Third World situation.
    • Apples to Apples (12/08/2014, 13:26) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      I agree. What is your problem with Biwater, aside from the fact that it will provide the territory with adequate water supply, allowing those of us who live in apartments to flush their toilets when needed.. Ocean Conversion had their chance and FAILED.

      Tell them to come with some solid incriminating facts against Biwater. The government has not spent a cent on this company. Even with the so called hikes that Vanterpool is alleging, the water will still be cheaper than Ocean Conversion. Tired of NDP self gratifying rumors. Not my vote again.
      • What? (12/08/2014, 16:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

        How can Biwater be cheaper than Ocean Conversion when we are paying for their Electricity over the life of the contract, no matter how high it goes? Man come on! Ocean Conversion's rate includes electricity and it's a fixed rate. Biwater's rate does not include electricity but also includes an inflation clause where it can increase over the life. Ocean conversion's price per 1000 gallons is around $17.00 which includes $6.00 and change for Electricity. Biwater is $12.80 and if you add the same $6. what do you get? Then factor in the inflation clauses. Ocean Conversion didn't fail at anything. It was always Government's responsibility to build the infrastructure to get water to consumers. Watch as Biwater comes on stream most people still won't get water. Fraser fed you all a big l.. about water quality and you all bought it like idiots because you don't like your own.

  • ask???? (12/08/2014, 10:02) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    you must ask yourself why they so afraid of a comm of inquiry
  • @Caramel (12/08/2014, 10:36) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ignoring the facts of the Cruise ship project don't help us. This is a jurisdiction where due diligence is mandatory. We do it everyday to protect our financial services and our shores. We work off KYC-Know Your Client- you telling me our legislators can't do due diligence check with dem staff. They would sell us out. This is a major mistake to do business with TPP. BIG MISTAKE. Major firms don't take mistakes lightly learn from the Banco Popular saga with our beloved Smith boy. Should the Governor take this lightly? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! FAHIE PLAYING if he can't get accountability!!!
    • whatever (12/08/2014, 12:03) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      The Cruise Pier is being financed by the Ports Authority and owned by the Ports Authority. There is a reason why TPP is no longer involved. Fahie/Fraser think people are stupid but we are not. The port will be developed and they will try another angle to make the Government look bad because they miss the nipples.
  • Help (12/08/2014, 11:45) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Wait a minute how come no inquiry was called for on Bi-Water, that two years later they still have not done anything to improve the water situation. VIP, NDP PEP whatever P none to tell none better.
  • Help2 (12/08/2014, 22:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not 2 years....more like 4 years....that contract sign in 2010
  • jail (13/08/2014, 00:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    the ports project and still no one in jail
  • ABC (13/08/2014, 14:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Of all the mysteries which remain unexplained about this project, I find the payment of the $1.7 million to TPP to be the most disturbing transaction of them all. The Ministry of Finance and the Port Authority sought and received the assistance of this much talked about Trinidad based company to determine what work was done by TPP and how much should be payed for ALL the work which was carried out by that company. The company, after carefully examining all the documents and interviewing those who were involved in this element of the project, advised the Government that there were no justifiable reasons to pay TPP more than $1.2 million dollars. No one was able to provide a shred of evidence to challenge the company's findings. In the face of the advice given, the Premier found it possible to over look that advice and on unsubstantiated verbal advice from the Ministry of Finance and the Port, proceeded to pay TPP $1.7 million. Can the Premier provide a break down of the work which his Trinidad consultants may have missed ? I think not. In any other country some one would have payed a heavy price for this irresponsible behaviour. Unfortunately our representatives find no difficulty in supporting and defending. this decision.
  • PwC (14/08/2014, 11:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    PAC report say Trinidad based co (PwC) got $262,000 just for helping with $35M pier loan from the bank. That on top of bank costs. Sounds like super profit for PwC. Maybe accounting for $1.2 instead of $1.7 was to pay PwC? TPP had a HOTA with BVIPA for specific expenses. You want to know what the $1.7 was for, get the list.
  • Concerned Citizen # 1 (16/08/2014, 16:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I call for the COI to settle the matter.


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