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Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE praised for hospital completion!

- First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said on talk show it was because of Hon O’Neal’s vision the hospital is where it is today
When the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) came into power in 2007 it discovered that only 35 Million dollars was secured from the Social Security Board to fund the new Peebles Hospital project even after a contract was signed for $64 Million. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (right) believes Leader of the Opposition and long time Legislator Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE should be the one credited for the completion of the new Peebles Hospital. Photo: VINO/Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (right) believes Leader of the Opposition and long time Legislator Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE should be the one credited for the completion of the new Peebles Hospital. Photo: VINO/Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While it appears that some in the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration would have us believe that the Virgin Islands was created after the 2011 general elections, senior member of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Hon. Andrew A. Fahie (R1) provided the people of the territory with a history lesson.

He told the public, while a guest on his party’s radio show “VIP Let’s Talk” on January 7, 2015 on ZBVI 780 AM, that the Leader of the Opposition and long time Legislator Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE should be the one credited for the completion of the new Peebles Hospital.

The facts of Hon. O’Neal’s financial stewardship

Hon Fahie presented the fact that when the hospital contract was signed in 2007 by the then NDP regime it was for a mere $64 Million when in fact all the bids had the project at close to 100 Million dollars.

What was also troubling at the time of the signing of the Hospital contract by the NDP Government in 2007 was that they had only secured a mere 35 Million dollars for the project.

In 2007 the NDP was swept out of power in a landslide victory by the VIP in an 11 to 2 seat majority and the new Government of Ralph T. O’Neal OBE [2007-2011] inherited the project.

What they discovered was that only 35 Million dollars was secured from the Social Security Board to fund the project even after a contract was signed for $64 Million.

However, while the loan application was being processed by the bank, the VIP Government had to find the balance of the money in order for the project not to stop. According to Hon. Fahie, it took another two years for the Government to satisfy all the bank’s stringent requirements.

During this time, in order for the project not to stop, it was the wisdom of then Minister of Finance Hon O’Neal to ensure the project carried on because of the importance of it and also because he firmly believed that Government is a continuum.

NDP’s Poor Financial management of public funds

But the money needed, some $35 Million more as the cost had escalated, came from the Government Treasury and caused the Virgin Islands to have cash flow challenges for the first time in its history. This is another example, according to critics, of poor financial management by the NDP, signing projects without securing the funds to pay for them. Many have also said they are back at it again with the Ports Development Project.

A million-dollar forensic audit commissioned by the NDP after they took office in 2011 also confirmed that the hospital project had a devastating effect on the Government’s cash flow between 2007 and 2011.

While the VIP had to find the funds from the government coffers until the loan was granted to continue the $100 Million project, it was at the midst of a deep global recession.

Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal signed contract to finish project

Once the loan was approved by a local bank, the Minister of Finance Hon Ralph T. O’Neal then immediately signed a contract with James Todman Construction Ltd., a local company, to complete the project. This is the same project that was just opened to the delight of the people of the Virgin Islands last month.

It is important for the records and facts to reflect that the first contractor- a foreign company signed with the NDP government -had taken government to court over not having enough money to complete the project, again causing tax payers millions of dollars because of bad NDP financial management. 

The VIP lost the 2011 general elections and it meant that the NDP simply had to sit back for the project to be completed as it was already put in place by Hon. O’Neal. This is the reason why Hon Fahie has asserted that the Leader of the Opposition should be rightly credited for the new Peebles Hospital completion.

Who should hospital be named in honour of?

Many persons across the Virgin Islands have called for the new Peebles Hospital to be named in honour of the longest serving Legislator in VI’s history- Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE. No decision has been made on the renaming. Recently, while giving a joke about Hon Julian Fraser (R3) not opposing the idea on who should get the honour, Hon Ronnie W. Skelton suggested it could be named in honour of Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

21 Responses to “Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE praised for hospital completion!”

  • one eye (09/01/2015, 11:46) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thanks for opening our eyes fahie
    • Truth Sayer (10/01/2015, 08:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Mr. Fahie has not give accurate information on this project and it is either because he was not told the truth or he cared not to know the truth. The truth is that Mr. O'Neal did sign a contract with James Todman DCk Ltd on 3rd November 2011 knowing that election would be held on 7th November 2011. Why wasn't that contract not signed a year ago? This contract is registered and is a public document. Not only that, the foreign company involved was the one calling the shots and had difficulty meeting some of the required standards of the project. IT TOOK WEEKS AND MAYBE MONTHS BEFORE THAT COULD BE SORTED OUT. CREDIT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CARIMEX FOR THEY BUILT 80% OF THE BUILDING. Credit should be given to the NDP Government for not terminating the contract of James Todman DCK ltd, as they could, since the company had violated parts of the contract. AS A MATTER OF FACT NDP IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE, SORTED OUT THE CONTRACT AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE A HOSPITAL TODAY, SO LET THEM GET THEIR CREDIT. AND AS MR. O'NEAL SAID AT ITS OPENING, PUT ASIDE THE POLITICS AND BE THANKFUL AND GIVE SUPPORT TO THE HOSPITAL.

  • Yes (09/01/2015, 12:23) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Great Job to both Ralph and Brox bummer
  • xxxxxxxx (09/01/2015, 12:26) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    With that being said it is obvious why NDP will hide this information
  • Gubsmoke (09/01/2015, 12:28) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Remember the rhetoric of the NDP about Mount Peebles.
  • Yes (09/01/2015, 13:02) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply

    So why is the vip minister of health
    isn't getting any credit? 

  • money (09/01/2015, 13:13) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah but the big question is can the country afford a hospital of such a size.
  • chad (09/01/2015, 13:37) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    All I can say is WOW! The NDP has definitely made some moves now & in the past that will bankrupt the BVI.
  • BOL at VIP (09/01/2015, 14:36) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply

    NDP started the hospital and now they completed it!

  • qc (09/01/2015, 14:38) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    History will record that the VIP administration built the country
  • 9th District (09/01/2015, 15:06) Like (8) Dislike (15) Reply
    Empty vessels make the most noise Ralph did nothing but sell out the ninth district to the crones that presently have the locals bar in VIP no good for the BVI they a good as opposition
    • @ 9th District (09/01/2015, 18:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Oh no we will ensure you end up in the opposition next year
  • Liat 521 (09/01/2015, 20:42) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well said Mr. Andrew!!!! For the first time someone is brave enough to put the truth out there
  • ............. (10/01/2015, 01:02) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who cares who built it? the issue is they want land to pay our bills
  • party (10/01/2015, 07:57) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    I think it is an offense for the NDP to use national in their name when statistics have shown that they do not care for nationals. Just look at the number of work permits approved article. You want to tell me that all those unemployed locals who incidentally built the country with the VIP so the non nationals could come in and eat the sweet, that those odiotics comments and untruth can be said for all nationals denied employment? God doesn't like ugly - that is why the country won't grow and progress and declined so badly. Anyway the NDP should change their name to the EDP or the WDP.
  • @party (10/01/2015, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i agree with you 100%. They detest locals and only stand up for their cronies. The only one I voting for is MWV none of the others will ever get a vote from me again. However I don't see how VIP can be taking 75% credit for the hospital. They are the ones that took years to fire the incompetent contractor while the project languished and racked up costs. NDP can take the blame for the incompetent Chair and management which will continue to rack up unnecessary costs on executive bonuses, mismanagement, self serving contracts, and waste
  • wize up (11/01/2015, 19:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    most times VIP is very skilled of remind us about the past(HISTORY) we need to be informed by those who intend to seek political office what are their intentions,what are their long term planning to moving the virgin islands ahead; right now life in the BVI is challenging for most of us; and remind me how bad things are/or remind me which party did what 30-years ago is certainly no help to me...tell me about a future!!!!!, I need to know that my children have a future in the land where their were the history lessons for the high school(what are the future plans) who vex, vex!!!!!
  • ABC (12/01/2015, 10:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    When all is said and done, it must be noted that Tilford acted in a reckless manner when he signed that $32 million dollar contract just days before the election, totally ignoring the tendering process. In any other country in the Caribbean he, as Minister of Finance, would have been asked to resign. Only in the BVI.
    • wize up (12/01/2015, 14:46) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      VIP did leave the country broke; those 32 million dollars contract had to be paid...

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