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'I am ready for a debate on Biwater'- Julian Willock

- said Biwater deal was far superior to BVI Airways deal
Left: Biwater plant at Paraquita Bay. Right: A BVI Airways aircraft. Supporters of the National Democratic Party (NDP) had marched in protest against the Biwater deal; however, it seems that it was only a political stunt as now the NDP has committed a ‘graver sin’ against the people of the Virgin Islands with the BVI Airways deal but not one soul has found the courage to march against it. Photo: VINO/File
Former Permanent Secretary Julian Willock has said the Biwater deal is far superior to the controversial BVI Airways deal and that he is ready for a debate on that. Photo: VINO/File
Former Permanent Secretary Julian Willock has said the Biwater deal is far superior to the controversial BVI Airways deal and that he is ready for a debate on that. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Julian Willock appeared on the International Morning Ride Show hosted by Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ (inset) on ZROD 103.7 FM this morning, Monday August 14, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Mr Julian Willock appeared on the International Morning Ride Show hosted by Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ (inset) on ZROD 103.7 FM this morning, Monday August 14, 2017. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Arguing that the Biwater deal was far superior to the BVI Airways deal, former Permanent Secretary Julian Willock is prepared to back up his stance against those who think otherwise as well as those National Democratic Party (NDP) supporters who are suddenly blind sighted following the controversial BVI Airways agreement, which continues to look like a waste of tax payers monies.

Mr Willock appeared on the International Morning Ride Show hosted by Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ on ZROD 103.7 FM this morning, Monday August 14, 2017.

The businessman, during the show, repeated previous statements that it is his desire to see accountability and transparency by Government as well as empowerment for the people of the Virgin Islands.

One caller to the show said he agreed with some of what Mr Willock was saying but noted that he wasn’t sure whether the Biwater deal was in the best interest of the people of the Virgin Islands.

“When Biwater story come up and I think the Minister [Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) said at the time that Biwater was introduced to he (Minister) by the Permanent Secretary [Willock], and I don’t think that match what he is saying about empowering BVIslanders. So he needs to remember what he is saying,” the caller stated.

Biwater was not paid a dime until water came

Responding to the caller, Mr Willock said he was involved in "advising on Biwater" but he “took an oath of secrecy” and he never says in public what his advice is; however, he added that Biwater was a Cabinet decision and Cabinet at the time made the best decision with the best information they had.

“But let’s compare Biwater with BVI Airways if we want to have a serious debate, because with Biwater, if it was implemented and not stalled and the political class didn’t play politics with it, we would have had a 24 hour supply of water in the Virgin Islands.”

The former Permanent Secretary and former Director of Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD) noted that “there are tremendous stories that show that the architects of Biwater were already vindicated” and with the Biwater Agreement the company did not receive a dime until water was pumped to homes.

“BVI Airways, $7.2M dollars gone flying and not a plane cleared for take-off.

With an apparent fallout between BVI Airways and the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government it seems that the $7.2M dollars already paid up to BVI Airways for direct flights between Miami International Airport in the USA and Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island can be counted as a loss since, according to the controversial agreement, Government cannot get back a dime if BVI Airways never gets off the ground.

‘Biwater deal was superior to BVI Aiways deal’

“So if we want to have a serious debate about Biwater and BVI Airways and with the BVI Airways deal, he [caller] is talking about local versus foreign, there has been a local company, VI Airlink, that approached the Government that could have done that same deal, so they have no credibility to talk to anybody about Biwater because with the Biwater deal not a dime was paid until water was running in the pipes,” Mr Willock argued.

The regular guest of the International Morning Ride Show, Mr Willock, said the excellent thing about that Biwater deal is that the company threw in two sewerage treatment plants and that for the first time in over 30 years there is no raw sewerage running in Slaney.

“The Biwater deal is far superior to BVI Airways, so I am ready for that debate,” Mr Willock stated.

The Biwater deal was used by the National Democratic Party (NDP) as a platform for propelling them to election victory against the Virgin Islands Party in 2011 as they were able to persuade voters that the deal was going to be an albatross around the necks of the people for many years.

Supporters of the NDP had even marched in protest against the deal; however, it seems that it was only a political stunt as now the NDP has committed a “graver sin” against the people of the Virgin Islands but not one soul has found the courage to march against it.

24 Responses to “'I am ready for a debate on Biwater'- Julian Willock”

  • voter (14/08/2017, 18:11) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
    Willock is ready for the road bossie
  • wize up (14/08/2017, 20:37) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    what about a conversation about our future: most of us knows the fate of biwater and the airways: forward thinking because the future of our grandchildren is at stake: we need persons that willing to speak vividly about the way forward:..stop the old talk
    • word (14/08/2017, 21:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      "speak candidly"?
    • @ wize up (14/08/2017, 21:21) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
      The man was just answering a question
      • wize up (15/08/2017, 00:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ wize up: ok crown council but biwater and airways are historic events(Forward Ever) ask Dawson because looks like he moving forward...keep the faith
  • qc (14/08/2017, 21:42) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    It's clear that Mr. Willock will be a force to be recon with
  • ... (14/08/2017, 21:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    "History Will Teach Us Nothing". For whatever reason, it keeps ringing in my head.
  • cay (14/08/2017, 21:50) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    This election going me hot
  • B Real (14/08/2017, 21:56) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Mr. Willock your own VIP ran away from Biwater, I love our stand!
    • Jacperlance (15/08/2017, 06:16) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
      @B Real, don't know where you got your information from but the VIP never ran away from Bi-Water. Bi-Water was actually brought in here by the VIP Government. I will continue to argue that the Bi-Water deal was a good one and would have benefited BVISLANDERS tremendously in years to come. The 15 years contract would have been up soon and that plant would have become the property of the people of the BVI. Lets face it, that plant was not a cheap one, in addition as part of the contract, Biwater agreed to deliver two sewage plants free amoung other things. It's was a negotiation so we all know the cost to Government would have been huge, but after 15 years the plant would have been ours. Now when the NDP took power, there was much talk about Biwater and cost, the minister of W&C vowed to sell it and that they did, robbing the people of a very important investment. After it was sold, the terms of the contract did not change much, the cost to government still remains huge. Yet, we are hearing nothing at all from government in relation to Biwater. It left one to wonder if since the sale every thing is running smoothly. In no way can anyone in their rightful thinking mind compare the Bi-Water deal to that of BVI Airways. Yet the people who kick-up so much and marched against Bi-Water seems to be all dead.
  • Windy (14/08/2017, 23:38) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pope need more work than cleaning the street
  • Sawda (15/08/2017, 00:02) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    I call it as I see it...I was against the Biwater deal Mr Willock and I argued day and night but eat and drink together after the arguments..Clever people set up Clever deals end of Quote..BVI Airways put a Joke Hold on #2 Premier #2 he can't catch his breath all now..At least Biwater delivered but BVI Airways flew away with 7.2 million..Mr Willock save your energy for 2019 we have to get you back in the building on the Cay because if you cut such a deal with Biwater we need you..You will get and Airline flying with out investing a time..It's simple just get a reputable airline to come in.
  • Political Observer (PO) (15/08/2017, 03:25) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Credibility is an important and vital ingredient in politics. It requires calling a spade a spade. It requires embracing right and canning wrong. Political hacks whether right or left are self serving. If Bi-water was a bad deal, the $7.2M BVI Airways giveaway is equally a bad deal. Bi-water was/is a fee-based system that is paid for consumers for gallons consumed. True, taxpayers provided the land for facilities and paid for the electricity for Bi-water operations. Further Bi-water was initially a foreign-owned company with profits leaving the territory. However, Bi-water was sold to Seven Seas. A billionaire resident supposedly has interest in Seven Seas. Since the sale, the protestors of Bi-water are as quiet as a church mouse. Is Bi-water still a bad deal? Is all well with the change of ownership? Was it used as a wedge issue in two elections?

    On the other hand, government give $7.2M of taxpayers money to BVI Airways, a broke, bankrupt, and dead beat airline, to start a direct flight from Miami to Beef Island. To date, BVI Airways has not flown 1 seat mile. In fact BVI Airways has laid off all staff and claimed that it is broke and cannot get airborne. It is demanding more money from government. Where are the Marchers against this bad deal? The Marchers against Bi-water are as silent as a church mouse? Where are the Opposition Marchers against BVI Airways? They too are silent as a church mouse. No pain, no gain. Everyone wants change but no one wants to sacrifice. Everyone is sitting twiddling their thumbs hoping that someone else will act. While we twiddle our thumbs, the VI is going to hell in a wasteful ship. Where are the next generation of Noel Llyodds? Noel Llyodd personal sacrifices bore fruit. Today, we want to pick the fruit but we do not want to "wuk" ground.
  • Negro Lass (15/08/2017, 05:18) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Please. Dont waste time on debate with 'bi-eater' at this time. You had your chance to do that and failed to do so. Beating a dead horse is not of interest now. What are your plans for the immediate future of the Virgin Islands?
  • ABC (15/08/2017, 08:17) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    I listen to the esteem he has my vote
  • wet (15/08/2017, 10:11) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply

    willock look like he kicking @&&

  • Buy o2 fly b wee i (15/08/2017, 15:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    One in the same
  • youths for willock (15/08/2017, 22:18) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    I really think that Julian Willock is in fundamental ways very capable of fulfilling the duties of the Premier
  • Not2Sure (15/08/2017, 22:31) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Wake up, BVI, we need willock in office
  • rattie (16/08/2017, 23:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great story. Hope the JW can continue to dig into this

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