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RDA Boss $350k package not a Gov’t decision—Dr Pickering

-says board acted independently
Mr Paul Bayly, a native of New Zealand, contracted to be the CEO of the Recovery Agency. Photo: VINO/File
RDA Boss $350k package not a Gov’t decision—Dr Kedrick D. Pickering. Photo: Provided
RDA Boss $350k package not a Gov’t decision—Dr Kedrick D. Pickering. Photo: Provided
Honestly Speaking's host, Mr Claude Skelton Cline. Photo: VINO/File
Honestly Speaking's host, Mr Claude Skelton Cline. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The $350,000 remuneration package for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), was negotiated with the successful candidate, New Zealand native, Mr Paul Bayly, by the entity’s Board of Directors and not the Virgin Islands (VI) Government.

This, according to Deputy Premier, Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), when he appeared recently on radio programme Honestly Speaking and was questioned by host, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline on a range of issues related to the RDA.

Dr Pickering told listeners during the Honestly Speaking's August 28, 2018, broadcast, that government had no say in the appointment and determination of the package to be paid and further the monies being used comes under the United Kingdom’s (UK) $10M grant to the Virgin Islands.

The Deputy Premier was at the time being grilled by host, Mr Skelton Cline, on the silence from his National Democratic Party’s (NDP) administration, with regards the workings of the entity which is being seen as a parallel government of sorts, in the manner with which contracts are being handed out, among other issues.

Not NDP

Dr Pickering was quick to distance his NDP administration from the process saying firstly, “be careful when you call that big number ($350,000) because it sounds like something that the government out of its own accord just decide to pay somebody this amount of money.”

Asked to elucidate, the Deputy Premier told listeners, the “decision, is a decision made by the board.”

Virgin Islands News Online sources contradict Dr Pickering however, saying he is misrepresenting the "truth," since Cabinet ultimately had to approve the Mr Bayly's contract as head of the RDA.

Dr Pickering in his deliberations with Mr Skelton Cline had noted, the $350,000 figure does not represent a base salary but rather a package, consisting housing, relocation and utilities among other allowances.

Host, Skelton Cline was quick to point out to Deputy Premier that the information being disclosed was not known publicly because, “the government has not said anything.”

The Deputy Premier insists however, that the RDA Board was acting independently of government.

As it relates to the source of funding for the RDA and the payments for its CEO, Mr Bayly, the Deputy Premier said, “the Governor was allocated $10M directly by the UK (United Kingdom) government.”

8 Responses to “RDA Boss $350k package not a Gov’t decision—Dr Pickering”

  • Lawd (03/09/2018, 10:56) Like (44) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everybody can get ahead here buddy except those who actually toil and labour in this country... it's disheartening quite honestly!
  • WOWW (03/09/2018, 11:16) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    I just want kedrick and NDP gone!!
  • ... (03/09/2018, 11:25) Like (18) Dislike (27) Reply
    NDP always telling lies
  • Diaspora (03/09/2018, 11:34) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. What ah ting. Who are the members of the Board? It seems as if there are two governments in the BVI. $350K per year for a construction project manager. Does the Premier or Governor make $350K per year? If a Virgin Islander were making $350K, some of us would be kicking up a storm. Crabs!
  • Plank (03/09/2018, 13:11) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    So why didn’t CSC ask him how much was he contract for the airport consultant annually!?! Bet he won’t disclose that which he and his crew controlled. Spin, spin and more spin than a washing machine! How much has he spent to date on air travel? Smoke and mirrors...
  • Rubber Duck (03/09/2018, 21:29) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Too many white faces in powerful positions in the BVI


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