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Lenius Lendor Out! John M. Samuel In! as MD @ BVIPA

- Board passes resolution to end contract of Mr Lendor
St Lucia national Mr Lenius Lendor, left, is to be replaced as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr John M. Samuel, right, according to information reaching Virgin Islands News Online. Photo: Facebook
Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard, left, a former Labour Commissioner and Clerk of the Legislature, has been confirmed in the post of Deputy Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA). Photo: VINO/Twitter
Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard, left, a former Labour Commissioner and Clerk of the Legislature, has been confirmed in the post of Deputy Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA). Photo: VINO/Twitter
PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our news desk from sources connected to the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Board of Directors is that St Lucia national Mr Lenius Lendor, who was hired as BVIPA Managing Director by the National Democratic Party (NDP) in 2018, is out.

Mr Lendor had replaced local Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline after the NDP refused to renew Mr Skelton-Cline's contract, a matter that ended up in the courts.

Mr Samuel is qualified  

Mr Lendor will now be replaced under a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government by a local, John M. Samuel, a 2019 former Sixth District candidate and a former acting Permanent Secretary in the then Ministry of Communications and Works.

Mr Samuel also served as the Head of Shipping Registry, and is the current Chairman of the Board of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC). He holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees and has years of experience in the marine and shipping sectors.

Resolution passed

According to multiple BVIPA Board sources, a resolution was passed to end Mr Lendor's contract and pay him on the remaining months. He has been issued a letter but it’s unclear if he has accepted the terms of the fast track end to his contract.

It is also unclear whether the recommendation from the Board has been sent to Cabinet.

Chairman of the BVIPA, Mr Nathaniel Issacs Sr did not respond to our queries up to time of publication.

According to the same sources from the BVIPA Board; however, Mr Samuel has received a letter of temporary appointment. It is unclear when Mr Samuel, who also did not respond to our request for information, will start his new appointment.

Deputy Confirmed 

Meanwhile, Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard, a former Labour Commissioner and Clerk of the Legislature, has been confirmed in the post of Deputy Managing Director of the BVIPA.

42 Responses to “Lenius Lendor Out! John M. Samuel In! as MD @ BVIPA”

  • Wow (05/01/2020, 13:29) Like (40) Dislike (18) Reply
    My my. Victamization. ViP rule. This Party is the very same as NDP
    • @ wow we have not forgotten (05/01/2020, 15:03) Like (18) Dislike (17) Reply
      You ndp crooks got the gual to talk about victimization???

      Go speak to mrs Fraser, Maynard, Berverly Brathwaite, Jullian dougulas, wade tobin, Clifton Forbes and our the list is long long long even their own girl they victimized Ritter-Freeman and mrs barsin at Treseury and Claude s c
    • Jaigon (05/01/2020, 15:53) Like (35) Dislike (10) Reply
      @ Wow, what victimization are you talking about. Than man should have never been given that job in the first place. John is our own home boy and we wants our own people in these strategic places.
      • Dr cool (06/01/2020, 16:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        At that time what was his position he was a harbor pilot can u hold 2 positions I one company
    • HAHA (05/01/2020, 21:26) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
      What victimization ? Why do we have to go to Lucia to get somebody when a man here with Bachelors and Masters degree in the same field. Keep preaching to locals about get educated when they do they should be rewarded.
  • lol (05/01/2020, 13:46) Like (51) Dislike (9) Reply
    1000 jobs 1000 days for vip friends, supporters and candidates
  • good news (05/01/2020, 14:42) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well deserving he can do the job trust me. I know this gentleman well. I've worked with him for many years.
    • Hmmmm (05/01/2020, 15:24) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      He is indedd a true worker, but too much power will put him in trouble, he wanted that post a long time from when Gene Creque was there. He got it now, lets see how he does.
  • Dammit (05/01/2020, 14:42) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    That’s good we have a BVISLANDER there
  • zoe (05/01/2020, 14:43) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    Good move the man was useless
  • vip heckler (05/01/2020, 15:28) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    i support this move, now I trust the HMP is next!!!! liberator our people
  • Skipper (05/01/2020, 15:45) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Samuels was also the first local Harbour pilot replacing the two English gentlemen George Forster and Andy
    Glad to hear about John’s appointment Well deserving and qualified
    • Hmmmm (05/01/2020, 18:49) Like (19) Dislike (9) Reply
      So the head of Tortola Pilots which profits directly from decisions made at the port is now Managing Director of the Ports. Typical VIP move.
  • facts (05/01/2020, 15:50) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply

    Mr Lendor was a waste of time and money and I applaud the VIP and the Board for such a wise decision.

    Long LIVE THE VIP, I for one voting for them next election BAM BAM BAM and John is one of we!!! a local an indigenous BVI Born and Bread

  • BVIlander (05/01/2020, 16:03) Like (9) Dislike (12) Reply
    Good move. Prison next.
  • Diaspora (05/01/2020, 16:25) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’m not averse to recruiting talent from outside the territory if there are no qualified VI local or belonger; need to standardized the VI citizenship. What is the difference between a local and a belonger, if any? If no qualified local or belonger is currently available and a candidate from outside the territory is chosen, a local/belonger(s) should be in training. At this juncture, there should be a cadre of qualified locals and belongers to fill positions; there should be few, if any, jobs that Virgin Islanders should not be qualified to do. If there are any, it is due to poor planning. The VI started the transition from a subsistence agricultural economy to a service-based economy in the mid 60s. Today, the twin pillars of the economy are tourism and financial services. The economic transition to services created a myriad of jobs opportunities and job skills. However, Virgin Islanders were not strategically positioned and effectively trained to take advantage of myriad of new jobs.

    Consequently, labour has to be imported. Labour should only be imported if there (a) no qualified locals available or interested, (b) to meet temporary surge needs, (c) lack of capacity locally......etc. Thomas Famous, a Bermudian legislator with Sea Cow Bay roots ( nephew of Hon Julian “Liberator” Fraser, RA, R-3), had a commentary on this site last week highlighting the number of high paying crafts skills that are going unfilled by locals and have to be filled by “guest workers.” This lack of local interest in crafts skills need to be structurally address urgently. Congrats to John Samuel and thanks to Mr. Lenius Lendor for his service to the BVIPA and the territory.
  • Local (05/01/2020, 16:40) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    The same names keep popping up for these jobs. Mr. Premier, please share the wealth by adding some fresh names as well. The upper levels of your 1000 jobs in 1000 days shouldn't all go to VIP cronies.
  • good news (05/01/2020, 17:51) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Courageous and wise decision!
  • jokers (05/01/2020, 18:43) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    wade smith is not a vip and he get job too
  • Oh Well (05/01/2020, 19:18) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    clydee them is going to have he one way same way
  • and the beat goes on (05/01/2020, 19:35) Like (2) Dislike (20) Reply
    Is this the last of the victimization or it continues ????????????????????????????????????????? VICTIMIZATION AT ITS BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • opposition (05/01/2020, 19:39) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
  • overdoing it (05/01/2020, 19:40) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    When this sht gonna stop?
    • Jessica Jones (05/01/2020, 22:18) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      As soon as you can qualify for some pisition some where, then it will stop.
  • again (05/01/2020, 20:13) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ao hiw he is going to run the college with this full time JOB.
  • Outsider (05/01/2020, 21:04) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is this the same owner of joslyn maritime who want the government to hand over the marine program to them?? Just asking for inquiry mind?
  • free (05/01/2020, 23:22) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wade is VIP by heart.
  • @ opposition (05/01/2020, 23:32) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    you NDP funny man bloggers got NO juice to even speak for one min about victimization and cronyism after the past 8 years you NDP invented the practice FACT!
  • Business Woman (06/01/2020, 09:30) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    John and I served on the VI Port Authority's Board several years ago and I was trying to figure out what was taking them so long to appoint him as either the Chairman or the Director. He is intelligent and certainly versed. Congratulations John, clean up that mess over at the Port......
  • Interested (06/01/2020, 09:59) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Have no problem with BVI locals getting top jobs.This is as it should be.Mr Samuel is not my favorite person,but he is qualified.In some cases,absolute power corrupts absolutely.We will wait and see.
  • tristan (06/01/2020, 10:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations. Let the work begin.
  • congress (06/01/2020, 12:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    NOW finally the BVI Ports will wake up from its sleep. If you had a better chairman things will move faster, but Bevis running things anyway, so we good
  • Rainy Day (06/01/2020, 15:44) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    It seems the criteria for what VIP does is that NDP already did it. Well, sah. I listened carefully to all those election speeches that painted the NDP as the most corrupt Government in the history of these islands. Well NDP set their record and according to the VIP supporters everything is okay because NDP did it too. So at the end of this four-year term, VIP will have their record. Who cares will compare. Me? I am not at all surprised by the moves being made and the deals being brokered. Once you are not looking for handouts and for a small few who are, the writing is clearly on the wall. The pot was calling the kettle black.
  • shark (06/01/2020, 17:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What I's taking them so long with "H.M.P
  • staff (09/01/2020, 10:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you are always accurate the man is on the job from Monday
  • wellsa (10/01/2020, 05:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The big question is what Nathaniel Issac Sr. Know about port. He need humble himself. That position gone to his st. Kitts head.

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