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NDP Gov’t ‘must come clean’- Hon Andrew A. Fahie

- VIP Chairman, in his first address to the people, since being elected head of the VIP, said Gov’t insulting the people’s intelligence with their ‘fancy speeches’
Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has vowed to address issues of the territory’s finances ‘one by one’ in the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left) has been urged by Opposition Member and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Adnrew A. Fahie (R1) to shelve the fancy speeches and come clean with the people regarding the territory's finances. According to Hon Fahie, it is clear that something major is going wrong with the territory's finances under the National Democratic Party's (NDP) watch. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), left) has been urged by Opposition Member and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Adnrew A. Fahie (R1) to shelve the fancy speeches and come clean with the people regarding the territory's finances. According to Hon Fahie, it is clear that something major is going wrong with the territory's finances under the National Democratic Party's (NDP) watch. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Newly elected Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has urged the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government to shelve the “fancy speeches” and “come clean” with the people regarding the territory’s economy.

In his first public address since being elected Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party on November 30, 2016, Hon Fahie said he listened with amazement to the State of the Territory Address by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) on December 6, 2016 and was overwhelmed by the multiplicity of contradictions and what can best be termed as “perception management.”

Vendors crying out for payment

“Contrary to what our current government continues to state about the good state of our economy it is clear that as of late something major is going wrong with our finances under their watch. On a daily basis, so many people are literally crying out stating that they cannot be paid after doing work for the NDP Government from months before.”

Hon Fahie also pointed out that so many government ministries, departments and schools are operating without basic necessities because of being told that there is no money.

“So many local businesses are meeting hard times and cannot make ends meet largely in part to the poor state of the economy coupled with government not paying them in a timely manner for services rendered. Our Government must come clean!”

Hon Fahie vowed to address those issues “one by one” in the House of Assembly, adding that truth and reality will again be united and thereby separated from perception.

Negotiating from position of strength

The party boss and legislator said the VIP intends to work with the UK Government to ensure that all the tenants of the Protocol for Effective Financial Management signed in 2012 by the NDP government are followed and adhered to in a manner that does not compromise the local economy.

According to the former Minister for Education and Culture, it is only from a position of strength that a Virgin Islands Government can negotiate with the UK Government as it relates to altering any of the terms of the Protocol that are overly stringent and not in the best interest of the VI people.

“We will not be better and we cannot negotiate from a position of strength when we ourselves fail to complete and present to the House of Assembly the audited financial statements for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.”

Direct Homeland Intervention

Hon Fahie further said that coupled with other major infractions, the risk of “Direct Homeland Intervention” is more prevalent now than any time since 1950 and Virgin Islanders are now being made to feel like second class citizens in their own country.

“…especially when it comes to being selected for senior and mid-level senior jobs in Central Government and Government Statutory Bodies despite being qualified.”

He said the on-going concerns of the people are many.

“This is the reality that is playing a vital role in our people who are now losing hope but with due respect to the Premier, he and members of his Government continue to try to insult our intelligence with glorious fancy speeches that are out of touch with the reality on the ground while failing to take any responsibility for their actions. Nevertheless, I can assure you that with God's help and your support, the refueled VIP will bring hope back to the many that are now feeling a sense of hopelessness.”

15 Responses to “NDP Gov’t ‘must come clean’- Hon Andrew A. Fahie”

  • west (12/12/2016, 13:41) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    ok Fahie tell them bossie
  • Tahoe (12/12/2016, 13:42) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie. You have to help bring back hope to the hopeless. Get your team together and start lighting the barn fire under this set of NDP undesirables.
    • Honestly Speaking (12/12/2016, 15:06) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      The governments tit has run dry a long time ago. There's only so much they can do without properly generating income. Governments aren't designed to be the primary employers of their countries. People here need to start thinking outside the box and stop looking for government handouts.

      Those who fail to plan should plan to fail.
  • wize up (12/12/2016, 13:56) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    when will Virgin island party begin to let us know what they intend to do should we vote them back in office...i personally think the 2 affiliates of VIP spends way to much time speaking about NDP(who in the Kicthen fells the heat and who feels it knows it and we know it) the territory need politicians who speaks about the future of BVI not a group which bent of reminding us day after day about our current hardship(change the political approach VIP)
  • Hmmmm (12/12/2016, 14:17) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
    vip didnt for years till url got caught with hands in cookie jar n envelopes get to much
    • .... (12/12/2016, 22:43) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Like NDP doing now? Girl bye. At least we weren't broke when VIP was in office.
  • facts man (12/12/2016, 17:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bronx bummer trying ah thing
  • HipHip Hurray. (12/12/2016, 17:56) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I listen to the budget speech from the Prime Minister of St Kitts on Channel 51. St Kitts has the highest growth in the Caribbean, but you know what really struct me these two things he said. 1/ if minimum wage workers at the factory can reach work early how come highly paid Government workers always late.? No more of that..Wow. Powerful.. 2/ The only country in the Caribbean that give workers double salary at Christmas consistently is St Kitts and its a pleasure for the Government to be able to do it..Wow. Nice. Inspite of that still have record surpluses.. Bring back that proverb. " Do good and surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life" . Amen..Hip, Hip Hurrah to St. Kitts.
  • somodo. dragon (12/12/2016, 22:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ask the hill man who used to Work immigration bout qualification. U peopl full of bull nonsense.
  • Has any one (13/12/2016, 00:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    looked at the satire illustration for this week. It's as fun as h#ll. Long Live VINO. Keep up the good work. We would all be begging for bread if not for your constant vigil.
  • Message to Andrew. (13/12/2016, 07:34) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Andrew. One message to you. Don't encourage your staff or people around you to bring news to you on each Other. Their intention is nothing but making problems.. Stay a way from Gossip...Be a true leader. Be a just leader. Be a fair leader. Do the Godly thing...Encourage people to love and respect each other.
    • @message to andrew (13/12/2016, 10:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree 100%
    • Mr Fahie (13/12/2016, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      When will u and your fellow vipers discontinue the futile political campaign and do something productive for the country and your constituents? Every other word isNDP dis dat or the other and they don't, mention alyo at all...Geez u have been campaigning for years now before during and after the election and it is tiresome listening to the crap. Truth be told,there is no denying that NDP has gone ahead in developing and providing job opportunities some work for your salary Andrew . You just wasting time and being a sore loser.

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