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NDP Gov't neglected people & social issues – R. Dancia Penn-Sallah

-Says Gov’t focused too much on finances; People do matter
Ms Penn-Sallah in underscoring the importance of caring for the human resource said, “The things that I do regularly on my own, for individuals and for my community I don’t shout about them but people know and there are done.” Photo: VINO/File
Former Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands, R. Dancia Penn-Sallah QC OBE, says that over the last eight years, the sitting NDP government led by Premier Smith has largely ignored the cries of the people, instead, putting all its focus on the Financial sector. Photo: Facebook
Former Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands, R. Dancia Penn-Sallah QC OBE, says that over the last eight years, the sitting NDP government led by Premier Smith has largely ignored the cries of the people, instead, putting all its focus on the Financial sector. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands, R. Dancia Penn-Sallah QC OBE, says that over the last eight years, the sitting government—the National Democratic Party (NDP 1) led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith (AL)—has largely ignored the cries of the people, instead, putting all its focus on the Financial sector.

During an episode of “Hard Talk” on Tola Radio VI, on January 22, 2019, she told host Julio S. Henry that amongst the mistakes made in the country, one was to virtually put all our eggs in one basket and that is a mistake.

People do Matter

“My observation is, especially in the last 8 years, so much focus has gone in our country on financial services that we have ignored a lot of social things, because people do matter,” she urged.

Mrs Penn-Sallah further encouraged citizens to ignore the noise and pay attention to what is important, “What I would like to do is to really urge our people to be vigilant, to be discerning, to listen and to think and to not get carried away with the big noise.”

“People matter, the quality of people’s life matter and all of those issues we have to pay attention to [such as] young people,” she sayd, noting that social issues must be high on the agenda.

Always serving

Mrs Penn-Sallah in underscoring the importance of caring for the human resource said, “The things that I do regularly on my own, for individuals and for my community I don’t shout about them but people know and there are done.” 

“I have not been in elected public office since 2011, but I have never stopped serving and one of the things we have to understand is that one can serve in many ways and a leader doesn’t have to be on the radio and on the television or on Facebook every day,” she said.

According to the Former Deputy Premier who yesterday, January 24, 2019, announced her Independent At-Large Candidacy to contest the 2019 General Elections, a good leader doesn’t have to make noise, rather, “good leaders know when to stay under the radar.”

 

8 Responses to “NDP Gov't neglected people & social issues – R. Dancia Penn-Sallah ”

  • 123 (25/01/2019, 11:05) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    she is right
  • A Peterson (25/01/2019, 11:57) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    Ms setting fowl stop blaming and let see what you have to offer to the people of the Virgin Islands thank you
  • @A Peterson (25/01/2019, 13:09) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    There are thousands of setting goals because thousands saying the same thing
  • Just my view (25/01/2019, 13:33) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Dancia stop it you need to go back to rest. What did you do when you were in . Why coming back leave politics alone you was a waste of time when you were in. Find a garden and go plant something and leave it to the younger people
  • Tell us (25/01/2019, 14:14) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    What did you do when you were the Minister responsible for Social Development for four years?
  • west (25/01/2019, 14:52) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blah Blah Blah
  • Citizen (25/01/2019, 19:34) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lord help us, even the dead has resurrected and running at large;
  • Tafari Zharr (25/01/2019, 21:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please give examples of how you walked softly and carried a big stick; if you must be elected lead the pack by articuling your service of joy and pride; some may know your words but what deeds are you knob for- the time has come to own your works and be bold and proud so that if you have already done the work and need another opportunity to make good- ask the people so that no vote is left unturned and you can respond with more than ambition but validation of trust and will to pursue policies and programs that you will fight to deliver. I know you are a patriot and I applaud your accomplishments; and you are one of the East Enders that show up- but the time has come I beg to differ for you to show out or even show off: the people are crying for change and for good leadership- Tell them how you will take charge and perhaps people won’t feel the dream for a VIGA (VI Great Again) over - I have faith that your presence will present the female perspective on an intellectually interesting basis; and Ian infatuated with the debate of all the women campaigning on all the issues claimed by each! So you are the Social issues candidate which interchanges with tourism at what point can we see this matchup of the opponents/challenging political minds! I think you, are certainly qualified; but are you relatable, approachable, and can you organize a team to aggressively negotiate deliberate and affective, but dire, changes desired by folks right now? You are undeniably well known; the real question is how will you be “penned” moving forward hope you have set the tone “out of the pen”!


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