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Hon Maduro-Caines dismisses PAC evidence on cruise pier project

-said some persons suddenly have halos over their heads
Representative for the Sixth District Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines declared her non-support for the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) final report on the cruise pier project, saying that it lacks evidence despite testimonies from present and former Ports Authority officials and other public servants who testified before the PAC earlier this year. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Maduro-Caines was speaking on Wednesday July 23, 2014 during the Eighth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly as the House debated the PAC final report on the cruise pier project. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Maduro-Caines was speaking on Wednesday July 23, 2014 during the Eighth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly as the House debated the PAC final report on the cruise pier project. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Sixth District Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines declared her non-support for the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) final report on the cruise pier project, saying that it lacks evidence despite testimonies from present and former Ports Authority officials and other public servants who testified before the PAC earlier this year.

Hon Maduro-Caines was speaking on Wednesday July 23, 2014 during the Eighth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly as the House debated the PAC final report on the cruise pier project.

The PAC in its report revealed the breaking of laws of the Virgin Islands, stating on page 31, 1 in the summary that “the government spent two years and countless resources engaging processes that were contrary to Public Financial Management Regulations, in contravention of the BVI Ports Authority Act, non-transparent and untenable.”

The PAC in its report also blasted the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool for what it described as his “failure to confer with the Authority on the Cruise Ship Port Project”…as a result this “led to a costly redesign for the Government and the Authority in terms of time and resources.”

“Madam Speaker as a member of the PAC, I am not in agreement with this report and I am not in agreement with how some of the process was done,” said Maduro-Caines.

“To me the report lacks merit, it lacks evidence, it lacks substance on any wrongdoing on anyone involved’s behalf,” she said.

“I would echo some of the same sentiments as my colleagues; to say that this is a ploy to stop the cruise ship project,” said Maduro-Caines. “I am wondering are these the same people who pledged when elected that they would help build the economy and are now trying to stop something that would help to build the economy and give our people a better life?” she asked.

She said that despite her informing the members of the PAC that she would have been travelling on Government business the PAC went ahead and had a meeting without her and her Government colleague Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8).

“Madam Speaker, to me this report is a wild goose chase to destroy certain persons and we have to be very careful about how we treat people and what we say about people,” she said.

“The majority that I am getting from this report is to destroy people’s character,” she said.

“Not only that Madam Speaker but it appears to be a personal vendetta against the Minister [for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool and Managing Director of the Ports Authority Claude O. Skelton-Cline],” said Hon Maduro-Caines.

She is of the view that the PAC should not take everything that is said by the people who gave testimony as gospel. “In every working place in this world, people don’t like people and they would often say things to destroy people that they do not like. So we cannot take everything people say as gospel,” she said.

“All of a sudden some of us have halos over our heads and know exactly how things should be done and how it shouldn’t be done,” said the Sixth District Representative. “Madame Speaker this project has to be done, it has to be continued, it has to be finished,” she said.

20 Responses to “Hon Maduro-Caines dismisses PAC evidence on cruise pier project”

  • god dam (28/07/2014, 08:39) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Blah blah blah girl go sit down your less self
  • Bufoon (28/07/2014, 10:32) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply

    A...ra , all the employees who gave evidence in your opinion are liars? According to you, the evidence they gave, lack evidence? You are such a fool and a bufoon.. It is so sad that unqualified, simpletons like you speak for the people. What is really lacking is, Representation for the people. We are out in the middle of the ocean without a paddle or life raft. You sound so stupid, it would have been better if you had just kept your mouth shut.

    • doc (28/07/2014, 19:45) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Bufoon, you know what is really sad, is when people got to refer to people like alvera as honorable. Sad, sad, sad
  • weed (28/07/2014, 10:55) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look how alvera being a scape goat for ndp
    • OMG (28/07/2014, 13:06) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Alvera I am your third eye. Don't follow them. Don't make me go blind. Stop talking @&'jejahg
  • dog (28/07/2014, 11:51) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    If there is evidence in the lengthy paper trail in the original Audit contrary to law, there is need to clarify and investigate. How are we as a territory going to turn this massive ship of corruption if we don't start some place?
    that means both sides and the casualness they take following legislation.
    I'm sure the party appreciates loyalty, but the lack of morality is troubling. There are basic problems with the procedure of this project. clear away the noise, and there are still problems. Someone has acted illegally.
  • vex (28/07/2014, 11:54) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ok ms canies lost my vote
  • Shaun (28/07/2014, 11:56) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Schupps. She and Penn are both just comes to this process so what they have to say is irrevelent at this stage. If you listen to the explanations given by the TT Monster his explanations were weak at best.
  • dad dad (28/07/2014, 12:29) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now now is anybody in their right mind taking alvera seriously eh
  • RMWA (28/07/2014, 12:43) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    representative missing without action, I wonder if there's anything that she could point to that she has done in here district? yes girl keep the party line if ya'll repeat it enough times maybe it might be believable
    • BB massive (29/07/2014, 07:41) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes, I am fro the bay so keep off Alvera. If you were following her work your rass would have know what she did already. Talk all that crap for you all cant move her..There are more for her than against her, and I say so. She has to know what is going on s a member of PAC and I admire her for standing up. Good thing its just three of you all here bloging...LOL
  • Tired of this (28/07/2014, 13:21) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need the commission of enquiry to bring an end to this tiresome mess. I hope the governor does the right thing for the people of this territory.
  • ooooo (28/07/2014, 14:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    we aln't expect anything better from her..she and deloris just alike...poor thing!
  • Sparrow (28/07/2014, 15:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The PAC report was a good one. Alvera go home and sleep. Well. What next they will tell us? I am tired of all that is said on the airwaves. What of the country and the poor people. We are in a mess. Only God can save the BVI. When we invite investors to come and invest in the territory, let them prepare for joint ventures and not sole proprietorship. Them foreign investors are fleecing the country. There is not much more lands available for sole proprietorship. What will be left for our future generation
    • pete (28/07/2014, 23:22) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      a new "investor" is on the horizon. Has been buying many properties... stay tuned for another oil nut bay or nanny cay. that's all I can say right now.
  • Mark running tings (28/07/2014, 17:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark Vanterpool is de facto Premier- Orlando take heed!
  • Voters (28/07/2014, 20:17) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    after reading with this moo moo saying the position of 6th distrc rep should be done away with, especially since I see such person serving no real purpose, regardless of what others may say.
  • Holy moly (29/07/2014, 02:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    After all that evidence she says that it lacks merit. Maybe a pretty picture and some crayons would convince her.
  • OMG (29/07/2014, 11:57) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lawdy alvera just stay quiet and collect your pay cheque...jah you know not even yourself know how you get in goverment. you know you aint ready...you got there by luck chance cause the bvi small. in addition to people tired of omar. Stay quiet and look smart...well at least speak about other matters what you know about.
    • @OMG (30/07/2014, 10:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      ok you idiot...she is a member of PAC so she knows what she is talking about. Tell me, do you even know your name?


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