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Investigation of Hon Walwyn's $1.6M ESHS wall will continue - Gov Jaspert

- Governor said he supports the institutions of good governance & transparency
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’, right, has said the investigation called by his predecessor into the small wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School built by Education and Culture Minister Hon Walwyn V. Walwyn (AL), left, and costing taxpayers over $1M just before the 2015 snap elections will proceed. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Education and Culture Hon Walwyn V. Walwyn (AL), had publicly contradicted his boss, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith on the cost of the wall, which was also damaged by Hurricane Irma, but eventually admitted his figures were wrong. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Education and Culture Hon Walwyn V. Walwyn (AL), had publicly contradicted his boss, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith on the cost of the wall, which was also damaged by Hurricane Irma, but eventually admitted his figures were wrong. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following the passage of two powerful Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, that devastated the Territory and damaged many government buildings and destroyed many files, some residents concluded that the many investigations into government's questionable projects and reckless spending would end.

It was in July 2017 that former Governor John S. Duncan OBE ordered an audit into a small wall built just before the 2015 snap election, a project spearheaded by Education and Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

The small wall constructed around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), according to the Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL ) in an answer to a question in the House of Assembly, cost tax payers some $1,068,292.91.

Audit will continue on Walwyn wall- Governor

Speaking exclusively to our newsroom two days ago, when asked if the ESHS wall investigation announced by his predecessor would proceed despite of the hurricanes, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ responded “yes.”

He said “since arriving in the BVI, I support the institutions of good governance and transparency.”

The young Governor added “I am keen that outstanding audits should be completed as soon as possible.”

Mr Walwyn had told the local media, when the audit into his million dollar wall was announced by former Governor Duncan, he would cooperate with the investigation.

Was it reckless spending? Was the law broken?

After the snap election of 2015 when Premier Smith told the public the cost of the wall, Mr Walwyn went on radio to contradict his leader, claiming Dr Smith had provided wrong information to the public and that his Ministry shows a smaller figure. He also said the work done included a project on Virgin Gorda.

Months later, the controversial Minister admitted that the Minister of Finance's figures were correct. The project never went out to tender as required by the Financial Management Act or the Protocol for Effective Financial Management, which Dr Smith signed with the United Kingdom.

A senior officer from the Ministry of Education and Culture who is familiar with the project but was not authorised to speak to the media, disputed Minister Walwyn's claim after his radio interview following the 2015 elections and said “yes the wall is $1.6M,” and also added “Myron controlled the project, and chose the contractors [as] it was his pet election project and the poor Permanent Secretary who is the accounting officer had little or no say…..”

37 Responses to “Investigation of Hon Walwyn's $1.6M ESHS wall will continue - Gov Jaspert”

  • one eye (22/01/2018, 11:43) Like (78) Dislike (4) Reply
    finally the governor start to do his job
    • Really (22/01/2018, 12:11) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
      Wasn't he starting to do his job with the excellent job he did after the hurricane ? Everybody who has the internet need not to use it without learning first FYI.
    • Real crime (22/01/2018, 13:04) Like (42) Dislike (0) Reply
      If the governor really wants to investigate MVW, he should look at the poor construction and materials used on the "new" classrooms that were being built before Irma.

      That is a real crime.
    • Candi (22/01/2018, 14:33) Like (36) Dislike (14) Reply
      I respectfully disagree. Governor Jaspert has been doing an excellent job since he arrived to the territory.
    • Hmph (22/01/2018, 15:56) Like (16) Dislike (11) Reply
      The wall was far too expensive but it was not small. You frequently diminish the point you are trying to make by overegging your editorial comment in blogs.
  • John doe (22/01/2018, 12:02) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    If it was an average man see how quick investigation would be going on an police knocking on doors with guns an handcuff them need the stiff penalties too just like every single human beings don't forget to work on those 3 dirty cops who stole money an drugs to live lavish life styles
  • Hmmm (22/01/2018, 12:06) Like (41) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man entire ministry needs investigating. Too much corruption
    • Reply (22/01/2018, 21:29) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      MVW needs to remember who elected him and that it’s your job to take care of everyone, not just a narrow, narrow-minded base who you like
  • Well (22/01/2018, 12:07) Like (74) Dislike (1) Reply
    Some people get in politics broke bouncing checks then in no time they are not hand to mouth anymore.
    • wize up (22/01/2018, 12:58) Like (39) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ well: some entered broke now purchase vehicles @ 60k; and pay cash other jurdictions former members of parliament goes to prison for the people’s tax money(debate that)
      • Success (22/01/2018, 16:30) Like (4) Dislike (24) Reply
        Rite Now The Labour Ministry is the west.. Period ¡¡¡. Myron is a good and successful minister... If Myron was the Minister of Labour these employers would not get a way with the disrespect and knock about workers getting. To this date not a work from the sleeping Labour minister..
  • GOV (22/01/2018, 12:08) Like (53) Dislike (1) Reply
    While you are at this wall check other things in his Ministry because he is out of control and have the staff afraid of him.
    • haters (22/01/2018, 16:22) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      Time to either get your own party Myron or Join a reputable party with loyal people or Jail will hold you if you stay with this bunch..
  • Sticky finger garut (22/01/2018, 14:32) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
    Can't wait until he is bar from running again
  • Street reporter (22/01/2018, 15:41) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
    When your own comrades want to throw you off the boat in deep ocean its time to walk away when the Boat in Port...Time for you to leave this Party Myron. It full of Judas against you..The Port is Millions. What happen to the investigation. The Hospital is millions. What happen to that investigation.. Time to say good bye..
    • @ Street Reporter (22/01/2018, 21:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      As a skeptical NDP, who has absolutely no "trust" in My run, my motto is "verify" first and let him earn back his trust later, as it was my run that throw his leader and backbenchers over board
    • @streetreport (22/01/2018, 22:33) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Even the people’s man could have told mvw he got Judas next to him at he funeral service.
  • do the math (22/01/2018, 18:38) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unit rate costs for the wall were 5x what it would cost union workers in Manhattan to provide a better built wall. Cronyism at it's finest. After the audit is completed, what then? Will the persons culpable be brought to accounts?
  • ... (22/01/2018, 21:12) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    You're a good man Mr. Governor! Now get ready to kick that football.
  • vex (22/01/2018, 21:34) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was essential to resolve this quickly. Because if heads must roll then we will want it done before the elections
  • Eagle Eye (22/01/2018, 22:10) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    At least we get a wall for myron 1 million.what did we get for bvi airways 7million plus?
  • Zone 6 (23/01/2018, 06:26) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply

    Sick of the ndp they need jailing
    England please help my country I am 39 and afraid I have no future here because of the ndp
    With all the sh*t

  • mvw (23/01/2018, 07:56) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am not a crook
  • Zone 6 (23/01/2018, 08:03) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    Mr governor please don't back down on your audits there is more auditing need to be done on the entire ndp gang
    Governor please save this country

  • youths for walwyn (23/01/2018, 08:16) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    While the streets are saying about this wall was over price and who got two and three jobs on it along with who got work, but never showed up but still got paid and who got kickbacks for elections etc and it should be investigated, but I find it strange that other projects gone free and Walwyn is a target by the system.

    What happened to the 7.2 M BVI Airways deal from Dr Smith? Why no investigation? What about the 40M over run on the ports pier project why no investigation of Mark? What about Dr Pico millions and millions on the beach that washed away and millions on airport consultant and not a rock moved? Why no one auditing that?

    If you doing one please, do all if you Governor going to talk about accountability and transparency.
    • @ youths for walwyn (23/01/2018, 22:04) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      See how this NDP of a party work. Me myself and I. The party doesnt want myrun anymore his usefulness ran out.
  • Lock Her Up (23/01/2018, 08:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    How will this end?
  • SMH (23/01/2018, 10:29) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    That wall was built to hide the horrible state of the school. Not for the security of the students.
  • Hmm (23/01/2018, 11:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Myron and the hold NDP need to be out because that wall contract was given to a small contractor and a young Cr*** fight down that man and get the job but God do not sleep today when construction at it best he ain't got no jobs in that field too greedy

  • True (23/01/2018, 11:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @success Myron ain't ready to be no minister for labor and also non of them in the NDP words from Omar Wallace Hodge (RIP) he said in order to be the minister for labour u have to love people and all of them care a themselves and money.
  • com (24/01/2018, 21:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor please check mark to dose to have money like sand
  • bvi law (27/01/2018, 06:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    LMAO @ his entire ministry is full of corruption Wow, ya’ll brutal!
  • WHERE THE $$$$$ GONE (30/01/2018, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    he should have been led out of the admin building in handcuffs.

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