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Hon Walwyn blames wrong information given by Premier Smith on his $1M ‘Wall’

- official of the Ministry of Finance stands by figure & confirmed Premier Smith was given accurate information on monies spent on Elmore Stoutt High School wall
To justify this reckless spending on a million dollar wall, the Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn ran to his favourite radio station claiming that Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith provided inaccurate information to the public via the House of Assembly (HoA) as his Ministry’s records show a different figure for the ESHS wall- costing only 'nine hundred and fourteen thousand dollars.' Photo: VINO/File
The information regarding the spending on the ESHS perimeter fence as presented by Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in the House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Team of Reporters
The information regarding the spending on the ESHS perimeter fence as presented by Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in the House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Team of Reporters
Hon Walwyn has contradicted the Minister of Finance’s figures when Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (left) responded to a question posed by Senior Opposition Member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in the HoA to Premier Smith on spending via advance warrant not approved by Parliament. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Walwyn has contradicted the Minister of Finance’s figures when Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (left) responded to a question posed by Senior Opposition Member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in the HoA to Premier Smith on spending via advance warrant not approved by Parliament. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was first and accurately reported by our newsroom that the controversial Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn, spent well over One Million and Seventy-eight Thousand Dollars ($1,078,000.00) on a wall at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) in 2015. Many teachers and parents after hearing this were disgusted and outraged, especially since the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration has left the country broke and public schools cannot get basic items

Million dollar wall was needed

However, to justify this reckless spending on a wall, the Minister ran to his favourite radio station claiming that the Premier provided inaccurate information to the Public via the House of Assembly (HoA) as his Ministry’s records show a different figure for the ESHS wall- costing only “nine hundred and fourteen thousand dollars.”

Mr Walwyn, the second term Minister for Education and Culture, told the local radio station that the over million figure provided by the Minister of Finance was for other works done beside the wall and even works on Virgin Gorda.

The Minister has therefore contradicted the Minister of Finance’s figures when Premier Smith responded to a question posed by Senior Opposition Member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in the HoA to Premier Smith on spending via advance warrant not approved by Parliament.

The Minister also claimed that he built the costly wall as the previous Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Administration could not get it done. Minister Walwyn claimed that the objective of the costly wall was for the safety of students and teachers, as the previous fence was “porous” allowing for knives and drugs to get onto the school compound.

Wall a waste of $$$$- Students

However, many of the students of the ESHS we spoke to this morning for this article reported that nothing has changed and knives and drugs can still easily get onto the school compound even after the million dollar wall. In fact, they have reported that fights on campus after the wall have gone up and just last school term a number of male students were expelled for fighting and smoking among other infractions.

MF: ‘Figure could be higher’

A Ministry of Finance official, who our newsroom spoke to but was reluctant to comment even off the record, said “that’s politics and we stay clear of that, but I will tell you the figures came off the JD Edwards system and they are correct, as in fact they might be higher as sometimes when the questions are asked all the bills are not in as yet on a particular project.”

According to the answer provided by the Minister of Finance on February 4, 2016 and the notes on the figures, $828,000.00 and $250,000.00 was spent in 2015 just before election for a Perimeter Fence for the ESHS.

Who is lying to the people?

This is the second time this week that Premier Smith has been accused of giving the public wrong information in answers to questions.

Last week, the Premier told the public that the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) was taking legal action against the government propped up BVI Airways to recover the $112,000.00 owed. However, days later the BVIAA released a statement saying the Premier was misinforming the public, as no legal action was pending or will be taken.

Now, in less than 24 hours, Premier Smith’s own Minister for Education Walwyn is claiming that his boss Dr Smith has provided false information as the Ministry of Education figures are different.

The VIP Opposition, the media, civil servants and others have long contended that they cannot trust the accuracy of answers to questions by NDP Government Ministers, as they are often not accurate, or a mixture of half-truths and outright lies.

68 Responses to “Hon Walwyn blames wrong information given by Premier Smith on his $1M ‘Wall’”

  • enough (11/02/2016, 14:18) Like (38) Dislike (4) Reply
    I had enough of the NDP. Too many lies. Too much corruption. Too much deception.
    • egg face (12/02/2016, 00:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Devils in business, in halls of justice and politics.

      In pot guts old men, who seduce our people with lies.

      And if you praise, the wrongs men do.

      Well then you is, a devil too!


      Pay de devil! ball headed ! Pay de devil! tall man
  • Ah saw (11/02/2016, 14:20) Like (56) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why Myron didn't explain this wall before...he only trying to do so now because he was exposed.
  • hello (11/02/2016, 14:23) Like (49) Dislike (4) Reply
    If the Minister of Finance can't get the figures correct then that is a major concern.
  • Shhhh (11/02/2016, 14:26) Like (43) Dislike (6) Reply
    Between you & I...dem say that there were alot of dummy contractors & contracts in between Jericho Wall.
    • Foolishness (11/02/2016, 15:18) Like (4) Dislike (39) Reply
      @Shhhh you could have done better? Your own people have to start some where. Are you a contractor? When you started working were you a pro. If so I beg to differ you had to creep before you walk so stop your foolishness
  • bvibuzz (11/02/2016, 14:32) Like (51) Dislike (3) Reply
    And Myrun is so nasty and arrogant by telling Zan if we want him to apologies for wasting tax payers money on this WALL we will to wait a long long time. This is the kind of wickedness you get when it’s not their own money!
    • ---------- (11/02/2016, 23:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      interesting. ... so what does a politician have to say from his official capacity for you to consider it political?
  • Amazing (11/02/2016, 14:33) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    The question was to the Premier on amounts & their description for extra expenditures in 2015 that were not budgeted for in the 2015 Budget estimates & not approved by the Parliament. All I can say to Myron is a guilty conscious needs no accuser. Ting to talk.
  • parent (11/02/2016, 14:40) Like (36) Dislike (3) Reply
    SHAME ON MYRON THE SCHOOLS NEED SO MUCH STUFF
  • Go check (11/02/2016, 14:41) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    Kickbacks were going up alot to reach to the tall man hands & pockets. One more funding source to allow purchase of drinks for all at every bar.
  • The Auditor (11/02/2016, 14:47) Like (34) Dislike (2) Reply
    Over a million dollars gone on a wall. The work was done through Purchase Orders with not many contracts issued to avoid transparency & accountability. A lot of the persons on the project were converted into new(First time) contractors by the mighty tall one.
    • Myo (11/02/2016, 21:32) Like (0) Dislike (19) Reply
      I wonder where all you bloggers were when that wall in Sea Cows bay was going up? Not a word then but now you all on here trash talking
      • @Myo (13/02/2016, 04:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        To end the comparison why not pull the 2 project and compare them number for number and contractor for contractor and purpose for purpose. Should be interesting. We are waiting.
  • trump style (11/02/2016, 14:48) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    This type of wall was built in Jerico, Berlin, China, Isreal and Mexico.
    • 4th district citizen (12/02/2016, 00:02) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      everytime theres an issue u MUST hear previous administration this and that hello, we in the now, not the back then what it have to do with this politicians ignorant and wastful spedning?
  • Cuse (11/02/2016, 14:54) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    not my vote ever again
  • about time (11/02/2016, 14:57) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    This dude should end up on the wall of shame.
  • Buzz Bvi (11/02/2016, 15:01) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    Now imagine you had a big yard and you were to put a wall around it and the contractor said $914,000 do you think you would build that wall using your own money Walwyn? I think not. You would expect to build the whole house for that!
  • sad faCE (11/02/2016, 15:06) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply
    The opposition members have this NDP government upsided down. Telling lies backward and forward one day they will stop, and tell the people the truth. IT IS VERY VERY SAD FRO THE B.V.I.
  • imagine (11/02/2016, 15:17) Like (35) Dislike (2) Reply
    That wall is a block wall with columns here and there. There is no way that should even cost 500K.
  • mvw (11/02/2016, 15:39) Like (17) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ha ha i got the most votes so eat your heart out esteem one
  • ta ta (11/02/2016, 15:42) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do you think myron care by next election you all will forget
    • LOL (11/02/2016, 16:55) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
      Moron could have built a new school for that much. How stupid are you funny man?
      • To True to believe (11/02/2016, 22:07) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        And after all is said and done you here about raising of taxes and other thing these minister should be put behind bars for the wickedness that that are doing with tax payer money. my Gid
      • tek the fall (12/02/2016, 00:07) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        Anyone can say or do something wrong, and apologize after and by doing so, does not change what they did or sad!!!!.

        As the Minister of Education he should think, before speding the people money!!!.
  • parent (11/02/2016, 16:20) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    That is why i will never donate anything to the schools.
    • Me Too (14/02/2016, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I second that... I'll send my child with everything before I give anything to the school
  • Interested (11/02/2016, 16:22) Like (4) Dislike (23) Reply
    This is not the first "wall" that is controversial,you people have short memories.I am from Sea Cow Bay and we have one down here.Myron is the best education Minister that we have had but you let political bias cloud your minds,
    • Truth (11/02/2016, 18:48) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ interested best you say and the school lacking supplies I beg you got sit down with that hogwash
    • Teacher (12/02/2016, 20:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      You would say that because you are not a teacher or for that case a student.
  • performer. (11/02/2016, 17:15) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I think about is evil, evil, evil. Why life is so unfair. Why can't people who hurting people get hurt. .Pay me. please. They and their family are ok. Living like kings and Queens. I can't get pay to buy bread for me and my family..
  • Hmm (11/02/2016, 18:19) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    914,000 compare to a million ain't much difference. Go sit down with that dry explanation. It still doesn't justify it.
    • @ Hmm (12/02/2016, 00:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      When there is rats in the neighbourhood is it wrong to say protect your cheese, or wait until the cheese get eaten and then blame the rats.
  • Richies (11/02/2016, 19:55) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    By next election these men are millionaires. They don't give a shxxiit.
    • Yup (11/02/2016, 20:41) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's why the fighting so hard for non regulation of the off shore banks. Because that's where they hiding the money they stealing.
    • FYI (11/02/2016, 22:44) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      This one collected a whopping 3 million bucks off the cruise pier deal.
  • cuban (11/02/2016, 20:39) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh well and this is the man who wants to be premier
    • Quiet Storm (11/02/2016, 23:58) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      I wanna asked Myron ah question wii ..... *Ring Ring* Hello Mr. Myron whould you ever spend such an amount on a wall for any of the recent houses or businesses your brought???? No , why ???? Nothing , bye ....
  • @richies (11/02/2016, 20:52) Like (0) Dislike (27) Reply
    Um...these men were millionaires before they became ministers through hard work and education.
    Thanks
  • glenn (11/02/2016, 21:24) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply

    You all have to stop thieving and trying to cover up spending the people of the bvi know what is going on/ and this will take a big stand against you all don"t say that you all did not get a warning people are hungry and tired of you all and you all covering up sh*t

  • ???? (11/02/2016, 22:43) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    This guy actually threw doc under the bus??
  • 2015 (11/02/2016, 23:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    NBVI can play dead if they wish but NDP going be rich
  • Bernie Sanders (11/02/2016, 23:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    11-2 NDP got it 11-2 Vip have it now ,so you know this is the last for the NDP,..Vip abuse the power when they had it and fight against themselves and now NDP these clowns doing the same sh$$t..History will repeat it self but not with theVIP but with the NRP..New Revolution Party..And they will be Bank Roll by SIR RIchard and Biwater..LOL LOL THese Political Circus Clowns as MIss P call them..
  • wrong call (11/02/2016, 23:31) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look nah man...whey allyuh expect from a big black man walking around given himself credit for teh NDP victory?
  • farmer brown (11/02/2016, 23:39) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    nah... the NDP all seem to be from the planet of the apes......sorry, but that's how they comport themselves.
  • Scary Mary (11/02/2016, 23:48) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    i don't know why people wasting they time bloging and chatting on the streets ...


    if you vote NDP and here bloging, then you must be dumb and chupid ...


    wtf ...


    is the NDP yuh vote for ....


    the NDP ....


    this is what you wanted ....

    this is what you get...


    If you wanted "accountable ministers" , you should freaking vote for the VIP all the way
  • Quiet Storm (11/02/2016, 23:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shame on the BVI..again..no to mark and Myron they need to step down
    • ******* (17/02/2016, 23:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Tha humbry yha has no shame! And nothing to tell the bvi youths or people, reason being he has a garrison seat, which he does not need to campaign far and all th e money will work.
  • Wilful & Spiteful (12/02/2016, 05:38) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron disappoints me. How can he get more than a million to build a wall and he can't get $50, 000. To pay local entertainers. If you are thinking or have a little common sense you will realize that not pay local vendors and musicians is wilful and spiteful.
  • Charley Rose (12/02/2016, 06:48) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Premier, it is about time for you to show your leadership of your party and the country. In the first place your minister is trying to embarrass you by disputing your answer to a question in the House of Assembly. That is tantamount to total disrespect. Secondly he is trying to exhibit to the public that he could do a better job than you are doing. It will be a travesty if the BVI voting public to should allow Myron to have his way.

    In the first place Myron should not have been allow to be in the political arena, He is showing his true colours and the type of character he possessed.
  • No Name (12/02/2016, 08:30) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Minister Walwyn claimed that the objective of the costly wall was for the safety of students and teachers, as the previous fence was “porous” allowing for knives and drugs to get onto the school compound.

    So you telling me that these weapons cant be thrown over the wall? Bull S$$t.
  • humble (12/02/2016, 08:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Truth be told. Unless we elect people whose steps are ordered by God nothing will change.
  • prisoner (12/02/2016, 09:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In prison we have all kind of stuff in here phones, weed,knives,everything you can thing about,so Sexy Ball head talking Sh$$t.We even sell rum in here so that fence around the school is a waste of money ,he probably will put a roof on it next lol lol poor tax payers..
  • yellow (12/02/2016, 09:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can hear sweet Ball Head this morning saying " Lord Tek Them Off AH Me " They mashing me up bad,Help Bevis Help..Lol..
  • Hmmmmm (12/02/2016, 10:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    HAAAHAAAAHAAAAHAAAAAHAAA
  • vi babe (12/02/2016, 22:26) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only the poor ago feel it ....why these minister pocket get fat
  • Gradu8 (13/02/2016, 16:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do believe "festval" has the letter "I" in there...somewhere...AND when I was in school "Schorlarships" only had ONE "R" in there....but I graduated from the "BVI High School", maybe spellings have changed since then.
  • Cookie Monster (13/02/2016, 19:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I look at the wall and its clear myron is full of hug wash..so many places where drugs could get in and so many places where the students could jump the same wall....poor fallar he think we all fools trying to justfy this reckless over spending mess
    • @ Cokie Monster (14/02/2016, 11:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      their are even areas where some of the old fence remains, so he is telling tails stright uot of school...poor tax payers
  • WTF (14/02/2016, 14:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This NDP government is a woeful set of degenerates. My God, they are so pitiful. Can you imagine when they colloberately ruin the country, now they start pointing fingers at each other. Who to blame for this, who to blame for that. All of you to blame for everything. You set of idiots. I am just sick and disgust with these damn morons.
  • NDP supporters (14/02/2016, 16:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What can we do as a people to remove these people... I am willing to do whatever it takes... in the midst of it all his supporters, miss P, private secretary and others all gone into hiding... they just as sickening as him
  • --------------------------- (14/02/2016, 23:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Corruption is worse than prostitution.
  • yellow (18/02/2016, 00:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't understand, somebody please help me my maths not good.


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