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‘My role is to support, not to be depended on’- Augustus J. U. Jaspert

- said governance, transparency & accountability is a role for everyone, not just the governor
His Excellency, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert interacting with the media at Government House on August 29, 2017. Photo: VINO
A view of central Road Town from Great Mountain, Tortola. The British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands has been demanding good governance from its leaders. Photo: VINO
A view of central Road Town from Great Mountain, Tortola. The British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands has been demanding good governance from its leaders. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), talk show hosts and members of the community on a number of occasions have continued to demand good governance, accountability and transparency from its leaders.

During a media meet and greet yesterday August 29, 2017 at Government House with the newly appointed Governor, His Excellency Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert, who has completed one week in office, said the issue of ensuring good governance is not a role for him alone but for everyone within the territory.

He said, “You all are a part of good governance and a healthy democracy is all of what you do. It’s also about the public and what they do and how they hold everybody into account and myself included.”

He continued, “It’s also about public service themselves and how public officials and public service themselves operate to the highest standard: efficient, effective and how they operate in the best way and those in position of power whether that’s me, elected officials and those who have certain responsibilities across the territory themselves hold to the highest standards.”

Furthermore, Governor Jaspert noted that what actually tests governance is “actually making sure that governance can be done collectively in terms of accountability, the right level of transparency, the right processes, fair procedures and integrity in all decision and those kinds of things,” adding that members of the community and persons in power can say “yes that was the right thing to do”.

He admitted that there might be some political differences within the government or the community but ultimately it should be a decision that can be upheld because it was the right thing to do and it was done in the right manner.

My role is to support, not to be depended on

In response to steps he would take if he notices that good governance is not taking place within any sector, he explained that he expects the local institutions to uphold good governance at all levels, adding that he will support and assist them where needed.

In addition, he commented that he will help to boost the institutions, however, if needs be his first step would be to question how they (institutions) are being supported locally rather than necessarily depending on the governor.

“The governor’s role is to try and support the whole system to be as effective as it can be rather than to make it a personal issue just for myself,” said Governor Jaspert.

14 Responses to “‘My role is to support, not to be depended on’- Augustus J. U. Jaspert”

  • Lock them up (30/08/2017, 09:29) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    We read right through it
  • Hmmm (30/08/2017, 09:35) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    yes this one sounds like he's been properly briefed alright. trash talk, play a lil ball, a lil offense, a lil defense, smile, smile some more and wolla 3 years later not a thing done
    • LOL (30/08/2017, 10:14) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Dont forget kiss babies and old people
    • LOL (30/08/2017, 10:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      What do you want him to do really? If you guys used to read and understand you would realize just how misguided and retarded you sound when blogging nonsense. Do some research into the duties and responsibilities of a Governor.
  • good (30/08/2017, 09:44) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is right! You have people here benefitting from the underhanded nonsense on one hand and then calling for governor to intervene when the gravy dries up. It starts with all of us. The governor is setting the tone and basically saying he is not here to play politics.
  • Hmmm (30/08/2017, 10:14) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    The ndp keep getting away with too much bold face corruption. The people have no power to deal with this only the governor does. He must do his job
    • LOL (30/08/2017, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Give solid examples of issues where Governor intervention will be of any help.
  • dog (30/08/2017, 11:12) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    the problem is- it may not be the players-- but the system itself that allows corruption. If it is challenged, then the questioner is reprimanded or shunned. The system itself doesn't allow for holding people, ministers, government's feet to the fire because too many people have bought into the crooked system. New elected officials HAVE to address this.
  • foxy (30/08/2017, 12:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope he locks them up
  • Hey Mate (30/08/2017, 16:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gus sounds like he's a safe dude mon. Welcome mate......
  • to do (31/08/2017, 09:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If we can only have an audit of the tortola pier park!!
  • cay (31/08/2017, 22:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is going nowhere.


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