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Proper assessments needed for approval of landside of Port Project -Report

- Auditor General called on NDP Government to follow the laws, which must include competitive procurement procedures, full transparency and equitable terms
Now Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Claude Skelton-Cline who has been one of the persons at the centre of the controversy over the Auditor General’s Report on the Port Development Project was, according to the report, 'unavailable for audit interviews'. Photo: VINO/File
Both the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (Left) and Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool made attempts to discredit the Auditor General's Report. Hon. Vanterpool questioned the authenticity of the report in a statement released on November 5, 2013. The Premier claimed that his government did nothing wrong and that we must trust him! Photo: VINO/File
Both the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (Left) and Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool made attempts to discredit the Auditor General's Report. Hon. Vanterpool questioned the authenticity of the report in a statement released on November 5, 2013. The Premier claimed that his government did nothing wrong and that we must trust him! Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The leaked Auditor General's Report on the Port Development Project, which unearthed corruption, conflict of interest, disregard for the laws of the Virgin Islands, unfair practices, undue influence in favour of one developer, disregard for the established tendering process and no one looking out for the interest of the people and tax payers of the Virgin Islands, putting the residents at a disadvantage, remains active in the minds of the people of the Virgin Islands.

The premature release of the report has resulted in Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool criticising the report and jabbing at the Auditor General, Ms Sonia M. Webster.

Hon. Vanterpool went as far as challenging the authenticity of the report and Premier Smith claimed that his Government had done nothing wrong and the people must trust him because they know him personally and that he needs no greater checks and balance than his good conscience and God’s guiding hand!

Landside needs input from experts before approval

One of the many recommendations made by the Auditor General on page 12  (3) is that “major development of the upland should not be approved without the proper assessments as to the need and appropriateness with input from required expert services and public agencies such as Ports Authority, Town and Country Planning, and other stakeholders.”

The report also warned on page 12 (1) that going forward, government projects “must include competitive procurement procedures, full transparency and equitable terms.”

Scope & methodology of report & Skelton-Cline unavailable

While the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has made many attempts to discredit the Auditor General’s Report, Ms Webster outlined her scope and methodology.

On page 2 (1) she writes “The audit comprised an assessment of the processes employed in procuring and assessing options for the development of the port facilities. It included interviews with key personnel, examination of files, records and documents and a review of the other similar developments. The examination focused on compliance and regularity of the processes as they relate to public procurement and transparency.”

Ms Webster also pointed out that her “examination is not intended to assess or examine the merits or otherwise of the contents of the proposals and submissions received for the cruise pier development. This is deemed the role of the procurement assessment team.”

The report also revealed that the then former consultant to the Minister for Communications and Works on Ports matters, Claude Skelton-Cline, who was “an integral part of the process from December 2011 to November 2012 was unavailable for audit interview.”

The Audit Report on the controversial Port Development Project is allegedly in the hands of the United Kingdom-appointed Governor William B. McCleary and a House of Assembly select Public Accounts Committee, however, it remains unclear what actions will be taken if any.

29 Responses to “Proper assessments needed for approval of landside of Port Project -Report”

  • detroit (13/11/2013, 08:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    still no one in jail
  • Janet Williams (13/11/2013, 08:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    It has been said that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. We will continue to be thankful to you VINO for your vigilant while maintaining your freedom to report the truth.
  • Mark (13/11/2013, 08:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmmmm. Thats is all that can be said of this matter. This will copntinue for as long as it is allowed to happen. The BVI needs an Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate matters such as these. The authority to create such a Commission should rest with the UK Government alone. The majority of Politicians in the BVI are selfserving and are unable to look after the best interest of the people as a whole.
    • farmer brown (13/11/2013, 09:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      the smith government is marred by so many dark clouds hanging over their heads...time for a new election!!
  • police officer west end (13/11/2013, 08:54) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the justice in this bloody country? Where is the dawn Governor & police? Every street man and cicil servant know what is taking place with this & other projects under this corrupt NDP, but still nothing its business as usual.
  • xxxxxxxx (13/11/2013, 09:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Webstor is spot on.
  • ooooo (13/11/2013, 09:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    ndp will keep her up in their craws like the likes of the julians, shawonde, morning ride show etc etc
    • Oooo2 (13/11/2013, 11:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

      If NDP had dealt with the VIP corruption, they wouldn't be here being made to look like the criminals.

  • mother hen (13/11/2013, 09:31) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Just listen to the house on Tuesday for the next GLOVER statement on this embarrassment for the NDP!!!!! PARKS will not overlook this one?
  • Grandma (13/11/2013, 09:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Never put a rat to mind cheese.
  • egg face (13/11/2013, 10:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    we the people got 24 more months of this gosh
  • virgin gorda (13/11/2013, 10:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    We wont be fooled again by this conflict of intrest government.
  • she the cat mother (13/11/2013, 10:14) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Are you better off than you were two years ago?? Answer: NO NO NO NO NO NO we are worst off in every area of our lives
  • pete (13/11/2013, 10:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    “major development of the upland should not be approved without the proper assessments as to the need and appropriateness with input from required expert services and public agencies such as Ports Authority, Town and Country Planning, and other stakeholders.”
    WHY IS THIS EVEN AN ISSUE? IT IS THE LAW. I might add that a project of this scope and impact also needs to have a scale model to study for problem areas. It is basic to any responsible architect and developer. They are not above the law!
  • Bvi man (13/11/2013, 10:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Scandal and disgrace will remove ndp from office long before 2 more years.
  • insider (13/11/2013, 10:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope that the auditor general will do one on the Geogie Hill Road and the Mold contract
  • BuzzBvi (13/11/2013, 11:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    when will we hear from Uncle Ralph on this report boss?
  • ABC (13/11/2013, 12:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Madam Webster, it is time to move on. We were promised swift action again the company or person who dumped oil into the sewage system. To date nothing has surfaced. Action man caugh up or the Auditor General will re-appear much to your displeasure.
  • school children (13/11/2013, 13:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    one need to be done on the $100.000.000 teacher dinner to.
  • free at last (13/11/2013, 13:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    ayo stop fussing up not a ting will come out of tis
  • nbc (13/11/2013, 14:05) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dr. Smith it is high time for a shake up. Failure to do so may result in you being shipped out.
  • shut mouth do not catch fly (13/11/2013, 19:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the damm report is not even on the House order paper for next week.thank god for the media...I see why NDP wants to close ayo down
  • crazy (14/11/2013, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    heard csc had a meeting and say NDP did not give him the work ha aha lol
  • ccc (14/11/2013, 12:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is amazing that the Governor has not seen it fit to call for a commission of inquiry into this
  • ndp lol (15/11/2013, 00:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    You see that dam m*** some body need to c...t his asx. He to wothless. And all for himself to believes he caall the first and last shot but just you wait time will tell playing with peoples life. Can emaging can beat something lies this. Serious , serius , they say Echo y venders from the cruise ship dock side area have to move it does not matter whether if you were on the rightside seaside taxlstand side(quality taxi) or even godside you had to move. And be place to the craft alive area
    Local and everybody no exception. NOW do the math. every tortolians by birth most of the other venders comply and corporate and do what had to be done and went over to craft alive...haas the minis*** and others reterrate in statement due to the cruiseship bock expansion.along with dppa, since the move tocraft alive their are venders who failed to move from the otherside of the dock doing bussiness same as usual come hell or highwater no business wath govement have to say , they even have the ghuts to make sure they get aplace in craft alive up to this day in opperationbd bo body should say anything getting 2 PIECE OF THE PIE AND NO CRAFT ALIVE VENDERS SHOULD SAY ANY THING WE THE VENDERS ARE TIRED COMLPAINING TO THE MINISTER TELLIN HIM IT IS NOT FAIR FOR VENDERS TO HAVE OVER THEIR AND OVER HERE ( CRAFT ALIVE EVERY BODY NEEDS TO BE IN ONE PLACE IF THEY SAY WE ALL WILL MOVE TO CRAFT ALIVE now YOU THE READING AUDIAUNCE LOOK AT THIS PICTURE IS THIS KIND OF THIING FAIR UYOU BE THE JUDE?. every way you turn these ministers trying to unjust to the people especially the locals. And not listenig to thier cry for justice, iam a born bvilander I make my locsl products aplied for a pace at craft alive to show case my stuff and was not even considered.it upsets me so badly to seethis kind of nonsence, when I ask some of the venders how can they allow this to hapen they replied ask the minister.m*** need to stop foolwe the peilpe thinking we stupid and everytime he goe do something enoug iis enough. The ecconomy is as it .let every body get equal right not some there at craft alive and some still by the cruiseship dock still this causeing two fold play ,the minister needs to stop playing politics and what rigth is right one vendermall one sight as it be. If these venders at quality taxi wanted to be there then why did they make sure they get a spot at craftalive. Why ............couldn,t some other local get those spots this so. So unjust unfair.wakeup mark for sure uncle would do this. These venders couldof never do this sort of foolishness in their country or else.nov.28 is long gone I was there at thst venders meeting. If I was one of those venders I too my self move back to the cruise shipdoc. Where is the justis for locals bro... to is nov.14 2013 I went to look at new ship. Which came for the time (:carnival conquest) and could not behold my eyes to see thst the same venders are still there ajacent next to the taxi stand icouldnt more that mark is full of shit to have them people here for next season. With clothes hanging flying all over the place , ,,, when he and the city manager say that venders at craftalive must not hang anything outside...it seems like the venders is who calling the shots man.....mother son uncle nanin.lord au mercy.irealy admire those ladies at craftalive when I pass to hail them things might be slow. But they hanoing there hope that things will get better and they will be able to give custmer better choices .the odds seem to against us now. But time wiil tell. They made the change and body needs to be one place so every one can have an equal oportunity to mak something.....Survive. yes you mght say the nagative. But you csn always find something unique especaily forladies. Really . I wrote this and know and see what is going on. AS THE SONG SAY HERE MY CRY OH LORD ATTEND ONTO MY PRAYER.
    The minister needs to stop this stupidness.and be a man at his word. VINO CHECK OUY THIS NEXT SHIP DAY NOV 17 2013 Royal caribean in place. Sunday double over time pay, not in morning during the day. B ig up craftalive thanks for the culture wear ,next year biger better. See you Sunday for my beach wear canegarden bay here I come.

    • Real Talk (15/11/2013, 18:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This NDP gang among a very distinguished group of people who have treated us with disdain, and we deserve it.
  • make up (15/11/2013, 19:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is WHY I have no faith in those who govern as THEY seem to set their own rules, and from what I can gather if your are found to be WRONG there is still a place for you in BVI politics!


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