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Premier Smith assures contractors of due payments ‘soon’

Contractors who have not been paid by government for works done over a period of time have been promised their payments “soon” by Premier and Leader of Government Business, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
Premier Smith made the announcement to reporters at a press conference on November 12, 2013. Photo: VINO/file
Premier Smith made the announcement to reporters at a press conference on November 12, 2013. Photo: VINO/file
Many contractors have been complaining bitterly about nonpayment for work done, along with claims of being pushed around constantly by staff of the government treasury. Photo: VINO/file
Many contractors have been complaining bitterly about nonpayment for work done, along with claims of being pushed around constantly by staff of the government treasury. Photo: VINO/file
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –Contractors who have not been paid by government for works done over a period of time have been promised their payments “soon” by Premier and Leader of Government Business, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

Premier Smith made the announcement to reporters at a press conference on November 12, 2013. Pressed to give a definite time when the owed contractors will be paid, Premier Smith insisted, “They will be paid soon.”

Blame was again thrown at the feet of the previous government as Premier Smith said most of the delayed payments were as a result of unpaid bills left by the previous Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government.

“What we will also say is that, in 2011 November when we came to office, the remaining balance was in the region of $40M which meant that people were owed in the region of $40M, which eventually were paid,” added Premier Smith.

 He said this year the remaining balance is in the region of $17M dollars, which is quite different and means essentially that government has been making up grounds and been able to pay the bills incurred by the past government and by this government, while at the same time trying to get investment into the country to stimulate the economy.”

Many contractors have been complaining bitterly about nonpayment for work done, along with claims of being pushed around constantly by staff of the government treasury. “When you call today they tell you come Friday, when you go Friday they tell you next Friday and they just keep pushing you around back and forth,” One businessman had told Virgin Islands News Online.

Another had claimed that because of the shabby payment scheme of the government his family life was being put under severe pressure. “We are small businessmen, we depend on our monies to feed our families and this nonsense with this government when it comes to paying us the few dollars putting big pressure on us you know man,” said another. 

10 Responses to “Premier Smith assures contractors of due payments ‘soon’”

  • foxy (18/11/2013, 14:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    this man could not find $$$ to pay contractors but could find money to start a none revune park

  • BREAKING NEWS (18/11/2013, 14:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank god he will not be Premier pass 2015 if it last that long.
  • ABC (18/11/2013, 15:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many of the companies which Government owe are caterers who responded to requests from the various departments within the service. They have nothing to do with the VIP. These are peole who can ill afford to have thousands of dollars out on the street. For God's sake give the little man a break. But with POW there I do not expect any better. Trust me, before long he will embarrass you.
  • ooooo (18/11/2013, 15:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    about time!.... the vip paid the contractors that he left hanging in 2007 without a frown
  • Champ (18/11/2013, 16:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    well well this government must be crazy its the same people votes you all want when the time come pay the people . this is confusing more project but people not being paid wow shame on you guys.
  • Hard place and a rock (18/11/2013, 20:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    here he is trying to brainwashed the poor contractors!!!! tell the people you wasted the money on consultants, dinners, craft alive, parking lots, Gerogie Hill road and now a none revnue park
  • red bull (18/11/2013, 20:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The only real question people should be asking themselves should be; is the BVI people deserving on what has happened and is still happening to them under this government?.
  • Real! (18/11/2013, 22:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOL I just have to laugh. Look around the place it looks like a damn dump but somehow we owe people over $40mil and now its down to $12mil. WTF did they do for that money? Someone please tell me this is a frigging joke.
  • bc (19/11/2013, 11:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The word “SOON”


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