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Lack of accountability & transparency in Gov't hurting society- Dr Irad Potter

Chief Medical Officer Dr Irad Potter (with microphone) was among a full group of dentists, massage therapists, psychologists, and health professional who gathered at Breezeway, Central Administration Complex for the January 11, 2018 staging of one of Government's recovery and development plan consultative meetings. Photo: VINO
Some of the professionals at the consultative meeting at Breezeway, Central Administration Complex on January 11, 2018. Photo: VINO
Some of the professionals at the consultative meeting at Breezeway, Central Administration Complex on January 11, 2018. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN Tortola VI - A senior public servant has lamented the lack of accountability and transparency in Government, saying their absence is hurting the Territory.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Irad Potter was among a full group of dentists, massage therapists, psychologists, and health professional who gathered at Breezeway, Central Administration Complex for the January 11, 2018 staging of one of Government's recovery and development plan consultative meetings.

"Not only must this coordinating committee have accountability mechanisms, our government must have accountability mechanisms and transparency must not only be with this committee, our government must have accountability and [be] trusted. It is hampering our society," said Dr Potter.

He continued, "When we walk our streets and people tell you they don't trust the government we need to be careful because the cohesiveness that we are seeking to have is always going to be elusive."

According to the senior local medical professional, "We must come to the point where we understand our responsibility as guardians of the country on behalf of the citizens, not some citizens but all of the citizens."

He pointed out that the surveys that were done post hurricanes Irma and Maria within the constraints is applicable, "But certainly we are going to have capacity to continue to do those surveys because there are many people we did not reach and so we will have to continue to build our database," said Dr Potter.

Dr Potter's comments largely supported

There were many concerns raised by several of the professionals at the session yesterday but Dr Potter's comment on these issues were the only time the audience loudly applauded, especially when he called for the government to be accountable and transparent.

His plug on this segment of his discourse continued as he stood in defense of many residents, both local and expatriates, who are always skeptical about speaking their minds especially in public spaces.

"It is not enough for us to be meeting with various sectors, we have to put some system in place and build effective monitoring and evaluation tools so that we know when we are in a better place not because of who is the government today...."

Dr Potter added that there are many other things that needed to be done as a country in order to be able to grow but there must be a will.

Citizens muct not be afraid to participate

He expressed profound gratitude to the facilitators for the conduct of yesterday's and similar sessions, "Because it allow for some of us to say somethings but there are lot more people who are very afraid to say and we cannot develop and grow if the citizens are afraid to participate."

He said there should mechanisms in places that allow for participation without persons being fearful. "They should be instutionalised from here on, here it should be a country that belongs to the people," said Dr Potter as the applause from the audience grew louder.

Meanwhile, the session was facilitated by Mr Broderick Penn, the Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (DRCC). Also a facilitator at that session was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development Ms Petrona N. Davies.

15 Responses to “Lack of accountability & transparency in Gov't hurting society- Dr Irad Potter”

  • Have Mercy (12/01/2018, 10:19) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    We need to call to a dissolution of the entire Government from the Governor right down. We need to get out plaque cards and go out there and have a civil march. Even if we do that we have no right in our own country. our livelihood will be disrupted by the evil ones
  • Flatbush USA (12/01/2018, 10:40) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope CSC is reading this. Many people are lamenting the fact that the UK Government wants to the "overseer " of all our finances calling it colonialism. Wether it is so or not, it is the lack of these two key ingredients in good Governance (accountability and transparency ) that has placed us at mercies of the UK. Our soceity should not suffer because of the "chose few" who are hell bent in the pursuit of personal gratification, pretending to be our "savior".
  • 123 (12/01/2018, 10:42) Like (24) Dislike (7) Reply
    now its confirmed the NDP is corrupt and needs to be in jail
  • Hmmm (12/01/2018, 11:01) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply

    I agree with Potter but who is one who help kill the public service especially health and always travelling with no results.

  • oUCH (12/01/2018, 11:04) Like (14) Dislike (11) Reply
    A few years ago when Hon. Fahie said that the NDP is the most corrupt government in the history of the BVI everyone bashed him now today because of the NDP corruption the UK have us like children.
  • facts man (12/01/2018, 11:32) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    But nothing new everybody knows ndp is weak and has no accountability
  • @hmmmm (12/01/2018, 11:59) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    I disagree with you, Dr. Potter is one of our brilliant minds in the VI and he only needs to be given the opportunity to do greater things for his country. So don't call him down. He can be the CEO of the authority if he wants.
  • just asking..... (12/01/2018, 13:45) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Where is the governor to save us from ourselves?
  • wize up (12/01/2018, 17:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    the big issue this territory must comfort is enforcement: we have all the laws on the books: I personally conclude if an issue comes up in relation to the people’s tax dollars some form of invistegation must happen and any such investigations must be enforced by an outside enforcement team
  • Tallfat (13/01/2018, 08:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What does it mean to be responsible? What does it mean when people say they're in charge? If one is responsible for doing something and they fail is there any consequences/repercussions for the failure?
  • wize up (13/01/2018, 14:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr your post might soon become vacant then filled by a documented worker
  • Boo (15/01/2018, 06:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man is secure. Kids out of school mortgage nearly paid, and 30 plus years pension waiting. Ray Charles can see that this Government is the most opaque, unaccountable, and corrupt of all time in the BVI. As he said too many are fearful to say anything he can because of where he sits. Kudos to him for saying this in a public forum. New CMO in ......3...2...1
  • Worker (16/01/2018, 13:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. Potter, take up responsiblities too, play your part too, dont be partial, dont listen to negative and then act on it. you know very well that all of you play a part in fixing the system and to be putting your country first.

    Dont say one thing and then react to negative comments, it will never work.


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