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'Quite an experience as Deputy Premier' - Hon Rymer

-encouraged other Ministers to fully embrace the role when given the opportunity
Former Depuity Premeir and Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5). Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Director of Public Works Mr Kurt Hodge, Minister for Public Works, Transportation and Utilities Hon Kye M. Rymer ((R5) and Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert are flanked by soldiers of the Royal Navy prior to commencing an ariel inspection of the terrirory following the Passage of Hurricane Dorian. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Director of Public Works Mr Kurt Hodge, Minister for Public Works, Transportation and Utilities Hon Kye M. Rymer ((R5) and Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert are flanked by soldiers of the Royal Navy prior to commencing an ariel inspection of the terrirory following the Passage of Hurricane Dorian. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) speaking on his recent stint as Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI) has called it 'quite an experience,' to be given the opportunity to perform in the role at such an early stage in his political career.

Speaking on the Tuesday, September 10, 2019, edition of the 'Honestly Speaking' radio show, Hon Rymer made the comments while congratulating the latest Deputy Premier, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) who took up the mantle on September 6, 2019, in a move that will see all government ministers serving in the role according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

"I've ended my stint as the Deputy premier just a few days ago, and it was quite an experience. I want to acknowledge and congratulate Hon Wheatley and his time as the Deputy Premier... He's gone straight into it, I'm sure he is the acting Premier as the Premier is away from the territory," Hon Rymer told host Claude O. Skelton-Cline and the ZBVI 780am listening audience. 

In a move that was called unorthodox, Premier Fahie had said that each of his Minsters would serve in the post for a period of three months, then a permanent Deputy Premier would be named.

The Premier noted that his rationale for taking the approach was in part due to his unconventional leadership style in addition to him wanting all his Ministers to gain the experience. 

Learning Experience 

According to Hon Rymer, "It's a learning experience and I do applaud the Premier for his unconventional methods in terms of giving us the opportunity to fill that role at such an early stage in our Political career."

He pointed out that besides the Premier, all the other Ministers on the VIP slate are newcomers and as such, the experience was a welcoming one.

"It's quite an experience and I encourage all the other members, to embrace it and learn from it... its a role to play, but we always put the People first," Hon Rymer said.  

6 Responses to “'Quite an experience as Deputy Premier' - Hon Rymer”

  • jj (14/09/2019, 10:54) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    This Minister will be in that house for a very long time, a man of true humility who is really one a we.
  • Who will be (14/09/2019, 12:25) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think it's either him or Malone will be Permanent Deputy
  • ausar (14/09/2019, 13:36) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    We have a good VIP team not a man or woman crossing the floor and the esteemed speaker is Not going anywhere!!!! Bam bam
    • @ Ausar (14/09/2019, 23:43) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Tell the haters clap clap clap
      • Jaigon (15/09/2019, 13:35) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply

        @ausar, good one for those who now trying to form themselves into a new political party with JF as the leader and MP as his deputy and approaching the back bench try to convince them to come over on their side. Set a power hungry @$$ people who think that sitting on the opposition is beyond them. Let them wait their turn if that time will ever come



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