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Hon Fahie not letting up! Where is the taxpayers' $7.2M given to BVI Airways?

- Leader of the Opposition to ask more questions at new sitting scheduled for Thursday December 14, 2017
Questions over the tax payers’ $7.2M given to a bankrupt BVI Airways in exchange for direct flight between Miami International Airport and Beef Island will be asked in the House of Assembly Sitting on December 14, 2017. Photo: gobvi.com
At the December 14, 2017 Sitting of the House of Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, is to ask Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, several questions about the status of the agreement between Government of the Virgin Islands and BVI Airways. Photo: VINO/File
At the December 14, 2017 Sitting of the House of Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, is to ask Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, several questions about the status of the agreement between Government of the Virgin Islands and BVI Airways. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Today, the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) should be wrapping up the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) and commencing a new sitting on Thursday December 14, 2017 which will mark the Twelfth Sitting of the Second Session of the 3rd HoA.

The issues of the tax payers’ $7.2M given to a bankrupt BVI Airways in exchange for direct flight between Miami International Airport and Beef Island are in the news again.

The National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration has ‘egg on its face’ after telling the public that this deal between the Government and BVI Airways, with little or no strings attached, will be a “game changer” for airlift and had announced three take off dates. None of them came to pass.

The Airline itself ducked out of the deal after getting all the $7.2M within six months when the deal called for it to be doled out over a three year period.

Months after having all the money in hand, BVI Airways announced that they ran out of funds and was forced to layoff all staff, including pilots, and said they could no longer fly.

Answer to the people- Hon Fahie

In addition, how the BVI Airway deal is interpreted by many, taxpayers may not get a dime back.

At the December 14, 2017 Sitting, Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is to ask Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) to inform the House whether or not the Government of the Virgin Islands issued or served any formal notification of Breach and Default of contract/agreement to BVI Airways/BV Airways under the terms specified in the agreement between BVI Airways/BV Airways and the Government of the Virgin Islands? If not, why not? If yes, when was it done?

In addition, the Opposition Leader will be asking Dr Smith to say whether or not BVI Airways/BV Airways has issued or served or has threatened to issue or serve any formal notification of Breach and Default of contract/agreement to the Government of the Virgin Islands under the terms specified in the agreement between BVI Airways/BV Airways and the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI)? 

Furthermore, Hon Fahie wants to know if BVI Airways/BV Airways provided quarterly financial reports to the Government of the VI as required by the agreement signed between BVI Airways/BV Airways and the Government of the Virgin Islands.

Way forward? Conflict?

It is our newsroom’s understanding from a senior NDP source that The Smith Administration has retained a local law firm to pursue how they get monies back from BVI Airways for alleged breach of contract. It is also believed that the law firm chosen could pose some conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, at Thursday’s Sitting, the Government will be looking for some $101M to keep the government running until April of 2018 with no new 2018 Budget.

This is not an unusual request as many Administrations have made such requests over the years.

17 Responses to “Hon Fahie not letting up! Where is the taxpayers' $7.2M given to BVI Airways?”

  • ... (13/12/2017, 18:55) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    It gone in pockets
    • wize up (14/12/2017, 08:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @...I second that motion: a school said the 7 million was handed out however 2 of that 7 million when into the pockets of some associates: that 2 million have caused a problem because the airlines needs an additional 2 million before it shows up in this country
  • Street reporter (13/12/2017, 20:28) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the Governor should be the next question.
  • Lock them up (13/12/2017, 21:39) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    The auditor general ran when we needed him
    • @ lock them up (14/12/2017, 10:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      not to worry the governor is on the corruption time longer than tine
  • LOL (13/12/2017, 22:49) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Speedy coulda do well wid dah money
  • Look a ting. (13/12/2017, 23:19) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aye, that no confidence vote need to go through quickly BEFORE any more monies are handed over. The last I heard, the premier was meant to confirm where the planes are. Did he answer that question yet as I missed out on some of the reporting. I was really hoping the best for the Premier but is there anything that he is doing right? Concerned.
  • Socrates (13/12/2017, 23:55) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI taxpayers got robbed at high noon for $7.2M without any fight or resistance. BVI Airways, a bankrupt, bruk and bad pay airline, smooth talked government out of $7.2M. Government was giddy about direct flights from MIA to EIS and didn’t do its due diligence. If it sound too good to be true, it is probably not true. Taxpayers may get reimbursed $0.00 on the $1.00. An investigation by an independent agency needs to be conducted to bring some closure to this shameful and embarrassing action. Government needs to be taken to task for this senseless and reckless expenditure of taxpayers $$$$$$$$.
  • vex (14/12/2017, 08:10) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is crimal big time
    • Eagle & Buffalo (16/12/2017, 13:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Vex, share your pain. But it is only criminal if laws were broken, there was proven collusion, kickbacks.....etc. Do not think it is a crime to be incompetent, inexperienced, mislead.....etc

      Let’s lead like eagles, not careen off the cliff like buffaloes.
  • WHY? (14/12/2017, 08:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is the Governor and Commissioner of Police not investigating this corrupt deal? Have they drank the NDP cool aid filled with sugar of hush and bribery?
  • Eagle Eye (14/12/2017, 11:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Charges for looting start here
  • Not surprised (14/12/2017, 12:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't post much but I have posted every time something is in the news about this deal.
    I said it way back when it was first announced and I repeat it today.
    This airline will NEVER fly. I checked the paper trail regarding the registration of the planes, I checked the applications for landing rights etc. I did all my homework and every time I came to the same conclusion.
    This is nothing but a shell game of corporations and tax deductions and skullduggery.
    I have no idea who actually signed off on the cheques but they have a lot of questions to answer.
    Long story short....this cash is gone. We will never see it again and the promised flights will never come.
  • Yea Fahie (14/12/2017, 23:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But on the pressure Andrew
  • Sad. Sad (15/12/2017, 22:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where there is no vision the people shall perish. I can't wait for next election.


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