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Hon Vanterpool defends Skelton-Cline's consultancy contract

- Says Gov't has right to hire consultants but accountability is what matters in long run
Fourth District Representative Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), left, in responding to questions on the contract extension of Government consultant Claude O. Skelton-Cline, right, says the Government has the right to issue consultancies to push forward their agenda. Photo: VINO/Facebook/File
According to a release on his first contract, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline through Grace Consultants was tasked with negotiating for new Cruise Line Berthing Agreements and overseeing the local planning and execution of the 1000 jobs in 1000 days initiative. VINO/File
According to a release on his first contract, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline through Grace Consultants was tasked with negotiating for new Cruise Line Berthing Agreements and overseeing the local planning and execution of the 1000 jobs in 1000 days initiative. VINO/File
Following the contract extension, the was some amount of backlash over the issuance of the contract with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) previously stating publicly that Skelton-Cline would be fired if he doesn't deliver. Photo: VINO/File
Following the contract extension, the was some amount of backlash over the issuance of the contract with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) previously stating publicly that Skelton-Cline would be fired if he doesn't deliver. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Fourth District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Mark H. Vanterpool, in responding to the question on the contract extension of Government consultant, Claude O. Skelton-Cline, said Government has the right to issue consultancies to push forward their agenda.

Hon Vanterpool was at the time speaking at the monthly Opposition press conference, on December 16, 2019, in the boardroom of the Office of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly in Road Town, Tortola, where he posited that a government, once it gets in office, will do what it seems fit to push forward its agenda. 

Gov't has right - Hon Vanterpool 

According to the Cabinet statement of November 22, 2019, Cabinet, "Decided on a new contract between Grace Consulting and the Government of the Virgin Islands for twelve (12) months with effect from 18th September 2019 to 17th August 2020 and approved."

Skelton-Cline, a strong supporter of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, through his consultancy firm, Grace Consultants, have been given the contract through the waiver of the tender process which, according to Cabinet, was done given his past successful performance under his previous 6-months contract.

"Obviously time will tell on these matters, but I always say in terms of fairness, and in terms of our government's promises that a government, once they get to office, has the right and the discretion as they use it," he told the media in relation to a question on whether there was evidence that Skelton-Cline through Grace Consultants was deserving of a contract extension.

Hon Vanterpool continued, "I may not agree with it, or whoever, but they have the right and the discretion... to help them move forward their agenda... I am not going to make it an issue."

Perform or be fired - Premeir Fahie 

Following the contract extension, there was some amount of backlash over the issuance of the contract with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) stating publicly that Mr Skelton-Cline would be fired if he doesn't deliver.   

Hon Vanterpool posited, "The issue of accountability, in the long run, is what is going to be important but if the government makes a decision in their discretion to have a consultant to advise them I have no objections."

He said under the National Democratic Party (NDP) government they too made decisions to hire consultants, hence, it would be unfair for him to have objections to the practice, rather, the focus should remain on the aspect of accountability.

10 Responses to “Hon Vanterpool defends Skelton-Cline's consultancy contract”

  • lol (17/12/2019, 13:53) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    2 peas from the same pod
  • oh (17/12/2019, 14:11) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Like Mark crossing the floor
  • birds of a feather (17/12/2019, 14:53) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    more of the same
  • Come on (17/12/2019, 17:57) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    mark is a smart man,he setting up the premier for further failure
  • Mash One (17/12/2019, 21:37) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Am I missing something here!Six months contact expires and where are the results of the work that had to be done in this contract? We need to see what was paid for, in other words accountability.
  • Mash One (17/12/2019, 21:47) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nothing was DELIVERED.Is this a joke on is paid to do work and we cannot see the labor of his work! That means he didn’t work at all.
  • Yup (17/12/2019, 23:50) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Does Skelton-Cline have dirt on Mark?
  • He's working (18/12/2019, 02:59) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Many Bvi landers are getting jobs now.
  • musa (18/12/2019, 05:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is time to share? Merry Christmas guys god watching ,karma will work .


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